Artist Profile: Antonia Walker and the Virginia countryside

Garden Trellis by Antonia Walker

Garden Trellis by Antonia Walker

Best known for her paintings of the countrysides of Virginia, Italy and France, Antonia Walker captures emotion in her artwork through her use of light, color and space. “The long shadows of afternoon light or the sparkling freshness of morning sun gives the painter a range of blues, violets, burnished golds and glowing greens that can be suggestive or poetic,” Walker writes on her website (antoniawalker.net).

Walker’s use of subtle colors and atmospheric light infuse both her landscapes and her compositions with figures. Cheryl Kampfler, formerly the director of the Arts Club of Washington, D.C., has noted that Walker’s pictures evoke the work of masters such as Vermeer, Manet and Cezanne.

While best-known for her landscapes, her intimate interior compositions have also garnered attention. “Her figures are sketched in, but firmly so, with decades of the effort of life drawing behind the turn of a shoulder. They have a dreamlike quality as if they are caught in a moment out of time,” wrote John Blee in a 2005 article in the Georgetowner.

Walker studied painting and printmaking at the University of Georgia, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She also studied with the Spanish sculptor Benjamin Saul in El Salvador and earned a Master of Fine Arts from George Washington University, where she studied with William Woodward.

Her work is included in many private and corporate collections including the State Department’s Art in Embassies program, NASA’s art collection, Xerox Corp., the National Gallery of Art and the Washington Post.

Walker maintains a studio in Loudoun County in the town of Waterford, and her artwork will be featured in the 3rd annual Art of the Piedmont Art Auction and Reception, to be held at the Middleburg Community Center on Feb. 21, 2014, from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

You can catch a glimpse of Walker at work by watching a short YouTube video here: