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Spotlight: Dirk Walker

Artist Spotlight: Dirk Walker

SEWE curates a collection of fine art from the nation’s most talented wildlife painters and sculptors. The Artist Spotlight campaign highlights an individual SEWE artist to allow our audience to learn more about the individual and the inspiration behind his or her work. Dirk Walker has continued to provide exceptional, one-of-a-kind pieces for the SEWE online gallery and we are proud to showcase his talents at SEWE 2022 for the first time. While his portfolio is broad, he continues to embody the spirit of SEWE through his acclaimed wildlife art that depicts many facets of the Southeast. We know you will enjoy learning more about Dirk, and hope you will take the time to meet him while in Charleston next February.


I once read “Art is a delicate balance between the visual concept and each artist’s technique”. After years of chasing that artistic balance, it is the anticipation of the struggle that keeps me coming back to the canvas. Some 35 years ago, in the midst of a professional career and raising a family in Birmingham, Alabama, I unknowingly discovered my path in life that probably was in place since childhood that I was meant to be an artist. It was there as a boy watching my father paint in watercolors, and memories of me constantly sketching in pen and ink. Then later, majoring in Industrial Design at Auburn University, the foundation for painting was put in place through academic training on the importance of concept, composition, perspective, color and draftsmanship in presenting a visual message to the viewer. Learn more about Dirk Walker.

“The only absolute statement I profess to make regarding the language of painting, is that it is a lifelong struggle, but one that is well worth the journey. Painting to me is a merger of past techniques and present accomplishments that form a vessel of creativity.” – Dirk Walker


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