“White on White”, 20×24, Oil, Private Collection
The quiet calm and muted colors of paintings by Ann Kraft Walker emanate a sense of peace and well-being. These carefully painted scenes of everyday objects are soothing to the eye, with just the right amount of detail. The composition leads the viewer around the painting easily, and the closer one looks, the more interesting the painting becomes. A sense of atmosphere contains the objects giving the scene a unified presence. Her inspiration comes, as she states, “without conscience thought. Is inspiration something intuitive? Are artist born with eyes and heart inherently sensitive to beauty?” A question to ponder; perhaps the only answer is in the art.
“Pieces of Autumn”, 24×20, Oil, Private Collection
Ann Kraft Walker began her interest in art at an early age, and studied art throughout her schooling, majoring in art history in college. After years of nurturing her family, her art became her primary focus after becoming an ’empty nester’ and the passing of her mother in 2009. A workshop with artist Casey Baugh was a turning point for Ann, as she states, it was “a paradigm shift”. Since then she has taken other workshops, all adding to the wealth of knowledge that is obviously imparted in her work.
“Mo and Spidey”, 12×24, Oil, Collection of the Artist
Today Ann paints mostly in oil, and also in graphite and charcoal. She focuses on still life, but is also proficient in portraiture, and is working on landscape painting as well. She currently uses ArtFix linen, Rosemary brushes and the Silver sable cats tongue brushes. Her palette consists of Flake White, Lead Tin Yellow, Yellow Ochre Pale, Raw Sienna, Cadmium Orange, Vermilion, Tuscan Red, Permanent Alizarin, Transparent Oxide Red, Transparent Oxide Brown, Raw Umber, Van Dyke Brown, Sap Green, Viridian, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Violet and ivory Black. After coffee and a prayer, Ann begins painting her still life from the scene she has set up. She starts with “a rough drawing on paper, and then does an oil transfer to the panel or canvas. After the color block in, (she) usually makes about three passes and then finishes with some tweeks and glazes.” Portraits are also painted from life, and photos when necessary.
Still life work in progress
“The Hidden Person of the Heart”, 20×16, Oil, Private Collection
Ann’s tranquil paintings are in contrast to the often intense and tumultuous art world. As she states: “It’s a loud, busy, clamoring art world. The sources to view others’ work, and opportunities to learn are overwhelmingly abundant. I think it’s important to find a balance between learning all you can from the sources available and shutting out that loud world to quietly paint from your heart.”
“Of Sand and Sea”, 12×24, Oil, to be exhibited at the Oil Painters Of America Show, Steamboat Springs, CO in June, 2018
Among Ann’s many awards and distinctions, she is a Signature Member of the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society, a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America, and a Signature Member of the American Women Artists.
Walker’s artwork is represented at Haynes Galleries in Nashville, TN, and Insight Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX. To view more of Ann’s work, visit her website at www.annkraftwalker.com.
Written by Patricia Tribastone, NOAPS Blog Director