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Artist Marti Walker


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Biography


 
Biography 
 
Marti Walker spent her childhood living and studying in Europe - France, Germany and Switzerland. She graduated from University of Colorado where she majored in French and Anthropology. As a flight attendant for Pan Am, she continued her travels throughout the world. She moved to Sacramento after a blizzard destroyed her home, car and job in Boston. In sunny Sacramento, she submerged herself in hiking and biking, spending as much time as possible in the High Sierras and along the coast. She took up art initially as a pastime during her solo travels around the world.  She now shares her passion for nature with her husband Collin with whom she travels extensively throughout the US and Canada, making yearly one to two month trips in their beloved Mercedes Sprinter which Collin converted into a tiny home on wheels.
 
While immersed in corporate life and then as a Realtor for 30+ years, art has always been her antidote to the rigors of her working life. From her first exposure to painting, she has had something ‘on the easel'. Initially a watercolorist, she traveled throughout the world, recording her adventures on small pieces and in journals. At home, she continued with watercolors and added oils to her repertoire. On her first exposure to soft pastels, she immediately chose them as her medium of choice. Gallery representation soon followed and today, even though she continues to do oil and watercolor studies, pastels are the medium of her gallery and plein air work. 
 
"With pastels, I can produce textures from sweeping 'brush' strokes to fine lines. That variability allows me to invoke whatever mood I wish in any of the passages."
 
Marti’s passion is painting en plein air (french for on-site/outdoors). Changing light and weather dictate the necessity to capture the essence of a scene quickly all the while [...]

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