Steven Walker grew up in Richmond, Virginia where he discovered his love for art at a very early age. With little interest in anything else, Steven took the next big step towards his pursuit of a career in art when he earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He later earned his Master’s in Fine Arts at Marywood University. Currently, he lives in Valdosta, GA where he is a full-time artist.
Steven’s landscapes have been well received by collectors and his paintings are part of several private collections including Hilton Hotels, the Boy Scouts of America, Dominion Resources, Virginia State Department, the National Parks Service, and the United States Air Force. He has been included in local and national juried competitions, including the Richeson 75 Landscape Competition, Plein Air Salon, the International Salon Competition, the Oil Painters of America Salon, the Art Renewal Center, Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence Competition Finalist, as well as a traveling exhibition with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In 2016, Steven won first place and Artists’ Choice at Art at the Arnold in Columbus, OH. He has participated in artist-in-residency programs in Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, and Colorado and was selected to create the Ohio Governor’s Art Awards by the Ohio Arts Council.
I didn’t come from a family of artists. I wasn’t top of my class and didn’t win a lot of awards, but I’ve always had a strong work ethic and the passion to work on my craft. I continued to show at a string of coffee shops, libraries, and other businesses until my hard work paid off with a few local awards that caught the attention of two gallery owners. I should have quit years ago, but that would have proven so many people right.