Artist Statement

I can’t not paint. As an artist, this is neither compulsion nor obsession; it is the pulse of my creative life. From the heartland to the high plains, I have always lived in the in the outposts of semi-urban America.  These diverse and dynamic landscapes have been my inspiration and capturing the starkness and beauty these desolate and aging corridors of American life has become my biggest strength.  Living in small towns and cities that greatly struggle with the boom and bust of the economy decade by decade, I became fascinated by the rusted testaments of prosperity and despair. All cycles leave their marks, the echoes of those who came before. That hotel on the old side of town, the local diner, the little gas station that will still fix a flat, these relics of middle-class Americana create the intricate orchestra of monotony, the music of everyday life. It may not be extraordinary, but it is ours.

 

Artist Biography

M. Walker Nelson is a working artist specializing in painting and illustration. With over fifteen years of professional art and teaching experience, she is highly adept a number of styles. At the heart of her work, Walker-Nelson is a master at transforming images and objects of ordinary life into reflections about our complex relationships between ourselves and the mundane. A life-long explorer of the natural and creative worlds, Walker Nelson grew up in the Midwest and relocated to Texas at the age of 16. She has lived all over the state where she draws inspiration from the stark beauty of the open spaces and the sparseness of the landscape. Always eager for a challenge, she earned a BA in Art from West Texas A&M and an MBA from Texas Tech University. During her graduate studies, she met her husband. Together, they share two sweet children and a little dog.

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