Jeff Walker was born and bred in the wild beauty of Montana’s landscapes, spending his youth exploring and recording the prairies, ridges and birds near his home in Great Falls. It was this glorious Montana “stuff of his youth” that inspired the artist’s life work. Walker attended Montana State University in Bozeman and graduated with a degree in Art. In an era of abstract expressionism characterized by some as “do your own thing regardless of art fundamentals,” Walker studied etching technique under Robert DeWeese. Long hours in the etching lab engraved the method in his heart and for years etching was his medium of choice. The watercolor prints and engravings of Audubon inspired Walker to develop his own style, uniting etching and watercolor in small edition etching prints pulled by hand and hand colored individually. Although Jeff still does several etchings a year, a passion for oil painting has gradually taken over and Montana landscape oil paintings dominate his easel. Walker is a longtime participant in the C.M. Russell Auction — both as an artist juried into the auction and as an exhibitor. He has exhibited his work at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana, and in museums and shows statewide: Artists for Open Spaces, Treasure State Invitational, C.M. Russell Museum Masters in Miniature, and the 2005 C.M. Russell Museum art exhibition of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Click here to read his full biography.
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