Next to Kevin’s by Steven Walker

The oil painting titled Next to Kevin’s is just one of many nocturnal paintings that I have been experimenting with over the course of the past three years. This one in particular was selected to be a part of the Oil Painters of America National show. The show will be in Fredericksburg, Texas, at the RS Hanna Gallery.

Born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Steven discovered his love for art at a very early age. After earning his bachelor’s degree in fine arts at Virginia Commonwealth University and a masters in fine arts from Marywood University, Steven turned his focus towards nature by way of painting landscapes.

Since delving into the gallery world, his work has been well received by collectors.  Steven’s paintings are part of several private collections such as Airstream Inc., Hilton Hotels, the Boy Scouts of America, Dominion Resources, Virginia State Department, the National Parks Service, the Columbus Convention Center and the United States Air Force.

Steven has been included in several local and national juried competitions including the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional show (Award of Excellence), Richeson 75 Landscape Competition, Plein Air Salon, the International Salon Competition, the Oil Painters of America Salon (Award of Excellence), Oil Painters of America National (Honorable Mention) and the Art Renewal Center. Steven also had the privilege of being a part of a statewide traveling exhibition with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

He has participated in several artist in residency programs in Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Colorado. In 2014, he was selected to create the Ohio Governor’s Art Awards by the Ohio Arts Council and in 2015 he received honorable mention in the Southwest Art Magazine’s Artistic Excellence Competition.

Steven now lives in Hahira, Georgia, where he continues to work hard on the advancement of his career, with the assistance of his lovely wife Evelyn and studio assistant/daughter Poppy. Currently, his work is represented in Kentucky, Washington State, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Oklahoma and Washington, D.C.

“I should have quit years ago but that would have proven so many people right.” – SW