The Artwork of Stef Walker | Conversation with the Artist and Lightwood’s Amber Mason

Find Lightwood Press’s interview with the Los Angeles-based artist-scientist here.


“I painted this silverware piece almost 10 years ago, but I’m still happy with the result. It was an assignment to do a still life of silverware in any chosen color scheme: primary colors, tertiary colors, analogous colors, what have you. I chose analogous, hence the teal/blue/purple, because they’re my favorite color family in general, but also exist on the cooler side, so I thought it would be good for metal and glass. My favorite part of the painting is how every piece is a different color, and the spoon/spoon reflection in the tall knife. This was fairly early in my paining career and was done some time in high school, and I can definitely tell I was using watered down acrylic to blend the table/shadow areas when nowadays I keep my acrylic paint as waterless as possible.”

Stef Walker, artist
“Da Vinci”

“This one was also an assignment, but with great freedom: we were to recreate Da Vinci’s “The Virgin and Child with St. Anne and John the Baptist” in real size, so it’s big, it’s 41.5″ x 56.5″. The only media we could use were charcoal, black and white acrylic paint, and tape, but we could use any amount of them or none of one if we felt like it. I started off using charcoal to sketch and have underlying texture, but I’m far more comfortable with paint, so it slowly got covered. There is a lot of tape in this painting. It was such a different experience, ripping off tape and using it to shape faces and hands and a background. In a way it was therapeutic. Learning the masking tape method was also one of the inspirations for me painting as if I’m “sculpting” because I would use the tape similarly, and it really makes you think about the painting in a shape-and-texture way, without getting caught up in fine details. The painting still lives with me today. My cats try to peel the tape off every so often.”

-Stef Walker, artist

“‘Smudge’ was a part of my AP Studio portfolio concentration, amidst several other weird self-portraits. This is definitely the most derealized one of the bunch, where you can’t really tell it’s me, other than the whisps of orange for the hair, which is what I was going for. The process was also a little different, because the paper itself is that bright blue, so I had to work around keeping it for the background between the tears and couldn’t paint as haphazardly as I often do.”

-Stef WAlker, artist

“The collage-y painting is one of my very few oil paintings. I was able to take an oil painting class in college, and this was one of the resulting pieces. The assignment was to make a collage out of whatever—magazine clippings, fabric scraps, small objects you could attach to cardboard—and then use it as a reference much like a still life. I’m partial to this painting because I know it’ll always be one of a kind!”

-Stef walker, artist

Keep in Touch With Stef Walker

Check out the artist’s website here.

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