How did you get started and then develop your career?
Barb Walker: Like so many, I was that little girl who was always drawing then painting. I did not have the benefit — some would say disadvantage — of formal art school. About ten years ago after raising my family, I just decided to go for it to see what I could do! Workshops, videos, painting with other painters, and countless hours looking at paintings in galleries and museums have been my never-ending education.
How do you describe success?
Knowing someone connects with a painting is really rewarding. I am always trying to push my work to another level, and when I have done that whether even just by one brushstroke, color, or subject, I feel like I have accomplished something.
How do you find inspiration?
I am deeply inspired by looking at other artist’s paintings. Regular trips to the coast of Maine inspire much of what I love to paint. Between the ocean, the coast, the villages, and the galleries — it has a deep hold on me. I think I am hard-wired to being in the moment and simply observing what is around me. Sometimes the sunlight streaming through a window stops me in my tracks while walking into a room. It’s in those moments that something stirs in me that just may spark the next painting.
What is the best thing about being an artist?
When I paint I can do whatever I want! Loose work, lost edges, and pushing color are things that excite me. I love knowing that there will always be something to learn, someone’s work to swoon over, and some new moment to try to capture.
Who do you collect?
I think my first painting was one of Aline Ordman’s figures in the landscape oils. I have a couple of Anne Blair Brown’s paintings. The first time I stood in front of Anne’s paintings at a gallery in Maine I was truly moved… Was also fortunate enough to pick up a small Charles Movalli. On my last trip to Maine I visited Roberta Goschke’s gallery and studio — a delightful day — so I have a couple of those around as well. Some we hang around our home, but others I need to keep in the studio for inspiration!
To see more of Barb’s work, visit: www.barbwalkerpaintings.com