Herman Walker: Visions from Cowboy Country
January 25, 2019 through March 8, 2019
Herman Walker spent his formative years in the ranching country of West Texas. He received his degree in Animal Science from Texas Tech University. While at Tech, he became very interested in the art of sculpting. After graduation, Herman worked for a manufacturing firm and in his spare time concentrated on learning casting techniques.
In 1973, Herman and his family moved to Kerrville and opened a gallery and foundry. It was here that his art career began to blossom and he began painting.
In 1978, the family moved back to the ranch country near Eldorado to be close to Herman’s subject matter. “I paint here because of the people, this land and my feeling for it. Ranch life is lived on the cutting edge. In this region, nature doesn’t always deal kindly with man. The men and women who live on this land must be strong in character and able to face adversity. There is joy, beauty, and satisfaction of the good times as well as the agony, loneliness, and desolation of the bad times. A force and strength within the people, the animals and the land itself are so vibrant. I try to paint this and hope that those who know will be able to say, ‘That’s the way it is’.”
After a decade in the art field, Herman’s work was well known and in many collections throughout the country. Just when it seemed that his career was about to reach a new plateau, the art market took a serious downturn with the economy of the mid to late ’80s. With two children in college and the art market growing increasingly fickle, Herman was faced with a career change. Herman started doing construction work to offset some of his expenses. The demand for his skills increased and soon Herman was not only doing remodels but new construction as well. He continued with this business for the next twenty years.
In 2008, Herman and Deanne moved back to Kerrville to be near the grandkids. Once again, Herman picked up the paint brushes and began his never forgotten love……painting! “The faces have changed and many of the old large ranches are no longer in existence, but the people, the animals, the land remain. The memories run deep. The beauty still remains and entices us to ride over that next hill and see what we came here for.”
We are proud to welcome Herman Walker as the featured artist for our first quarterly exhibit of 2019. We are hosting an opening reception at the Arts Council of Midland for sponsors and members. If you are interested in seeing or purchasing pieces by the renowned Western Artist, please stop by between January and March 2019.
The exhibit will be open to the public Monday through Friday during operating hours, and on Saturdays and Sundays by appointment only. Please contact the Arts Council of Midland by phone or email to schedule a viewing at (432) 687-1149 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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