Jerry Walker found his love for painting when he retired from Kimberly-Clark in 2005. He credits a co-worker who was also approaching retirement and wanted to take up painting for inspiring him to pursue acrylic painting.
He purchased acrylic paints and started watching the The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross on PBS to learn how to paint landscapes.
"I realized I wanted to apply his techniques to my own style of painting,” Walker said.
He said he likes acrylics because “they don’t require turpentine for cleanup, require less paint than oils and acrylics are so versatile they can be used almost like watercolors."
Through trial and error, attending workshops and using internet classes, he said he has found his own style and paints for the joy of it.
When Walker was a young student, he knew he wanted to be an artist and remembers experimenting with oils and painting on canvas boards.
"In middle school I really enjoyed art class and was always doodling or drawing cartoons on my book jackets. When I graduated high school, I realized I needed to make a living and joined the Navy, served my time, started working as a civilian and really didn’t have the time to paint.”
As a member of the North Augusta Artists Guild, Walker was elected to the board of governors and recently completed a two year term. He is also a member of the Aiken Artist Guild where he completed a term earlier this year as treasurer and board member.
Samples of Walker’s work can be seen on his Web site, http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/jerry-walker.html and are currently featured at the Beveled Edge Art and Frame Gallery on Georgia Avenue. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.