Rusty Walkers commitment to being an artist began when, at thirteen years of age, in a stop over in San Francisco on the way to Okinawa in 1959, he witnessed an artist painting on location and was forever fascinated. Walker states that, “I often wonder who that artist was. It may have been George Post. From that time on I was determined to be a full-time painter, committed to translating my visual experiences into art.”
"I am inspired by a compulsion to paint, as a means to express the visual world in the somewhat optimistic way in which I see it. Although I am a hopeless romantic, rather than paint a fanciful or period type genre, I prefer subjects, that are real in today's world. The days of the female form, with long flowing white dresses by flowers, or while on the beach, belong to Sorollo and Sargent. I also don't see a cynical world. I see a world full of the character and potential beauty that is ignored enough to justify painting it for humanity."
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