Christine Walker

Gallant, 2019
oil on canvas
20 x 20 in
For the past several years, I’ve been working on a series I call “Terrains,” which begin with quick sketches of the landscape below while looking out from my airplane window seat. I notice how the earth’s large gestures embrace small clusters of human activity, how arabesques of roads follow and intersect with meandering rivers, how patterned fields juxtapose with one another and with built structures, how the serenity of bays and lakes contrasts with the cacophony of cities and tangle of freeways. In the studio, I make small watercolors, developing compositions based on the sketches, and then move to oil paintings, relying on visual memory of place seen from above, along with emotion and invention. - Christine Walker