About the Artist

Ann Kraft Walker

The Artist

Ann Kraft Walker - Biography

I was Texas born in 1955.  In 1977 I received a BFA in Art History at The University of Texas at Austin (a major I could accomplish without any math requirements). Later I moved to Germany for several years which provided the opportunity for extensive travel and many museum visits where my love for art deepened.  At The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, I distinctly remember the desire to learn to paint washing over me.  However, I was busy raising three children and did not take up a paintbrush until my mid-forties.

 

Because of my love for antiques, I began painting in a primitive folk art style. Several of my paintings appeared in various issues of Early American Life magazine.  In 1999 the First Lady was impressed with the folk artists in a traditional craftsmen issue of the magazine. By Presidential invitation, I had the opportunity to create a folk art oil painting to be part of the Blue Room Christmas decorations and to remain in the permanent collection of the White House. Later I received a second Presidential invitation to attend a reception at the White House for the artists who took part in creating the Christmas decorations that year.  That was a kick!

 

I gradually lost interest in folk art and desired to learn about fine art instead . I fumbled along on my own for a few years, not painting much. Then in 2009, with an empty nest, I had a distinct turning point to pursue art seriously and leave folk art behind. I took my first workshop in 2010 and have since taken four more workshops, each of which have been extremely valuable.

 

What a privilege to begin the never-ending pursuit of learning to paint.  Any shred of talent I possess is a gift from God and a reflection of His grace.

I am a member of The Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, The International Guild of Realism, American Women Artists and National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society.

 

AWARDS and JURIED EXHIBITIONS

 

2014 The Artist's Magazine's 31st Annual Art Competition - Still Life - Finalist - Two Paintings

2014 NOAPS Best of America Exhibition - Award of Excellence

2014 Richeson 75 Figure/Portrait Exhibition - Two Paintings

2014 4th Annual Plein Air Salon Competition - Outdoor Still Life - First Place

2014 Richeson Online Animal, Birds, Wildlife - Two Paintings

2014 The Bold Brush Award - July

2014 NOAPS Best of America Exhibition

2014 Oil Painters of America Summer Online Showcase - Honorable Mention

2014 International Guild of Realism, 9th Annual Exhibition

2014 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition

2013/2014 Art Renewal Center International Salon - Finalist

2014 NOAPS Spring International Online Exhibition - Best Still Life

2014 Portrait Society of America's Members Only Competition - Still Life Division - First Place

2014 BoldBrush Fav 15% - Jan, Feb, March, April , May, June, July, August,September

2014 Richeson 75 Online Still Life and Floral - Three Paintings 

2014 Greenhouse Fine Art Salon International - Two Paintings

2014 Oil Painters of America 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition

 

2013 National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society 2nd On-line Exhibition - Two Paintings, One Award of Merit

2013 Richeson 75 OnLine Animals, Birds and Wildlife - Two Paintings

2013 September BoldBrush Painting Competition - Finalist

2013 Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence Competition - Finalist

2013 Raymar's 7th Annual Fine Art Competition, August - Finalist

2013 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society " Best of America " Exhibit

2013 Cumberland Society Juried Exhibition - Honorable Mention

2013 Oil Painters of America Western Regional Show

2013 The Artist's Magazine 30th Annual Art Competition - Finalist
2013 April BoldBrush Painting Competition - Finalist
2013 American Women Artist On-line Juried Competition - Third Place

2013 Art Renewal Center Salon - Still Life - Finalist, Figurative - Finalist

2013 Brian Neher's You Be The Judge - Finalist
2013 Richeson 75 On-line Still Life/Floral - Third Place
2013 The Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery. Three paintings - Jury's Top 50 for all three, one Honorable Mention
2013 Portrait Society of America, Members Only Competition - First Place Still Life
2013 Scottsdale Artist School Best and Brightest - Purchase Award, Best of Show, First Place

2013 Oil Painters of America 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition

2013 NOAPS International Online Exhibition - Two paintings 

2013 Richeson 75 On-line Still Life/Floral - Three paintings

2013 BoldBrush FAV 15% : January, April, August, September, November


2012 International Artist Magazine, Challenge No. 72 - Finalist
2012 Southwest Art Magazine Artistic Excellence Competition - Finalist
2012 Drawing featured in Strokes of Genius 4
2012 Oil Painters of America Summer Online Showcase - First Place
2012 The Artist Magazine, 29th Annual Art Competition - Finalist -  Two Paintings
2012 Raymar Art's 6th Annual Competition, January - Finalist
2012 BoldBrush FAV 15% : February, March, May, June, July, October, December

2012 International Guild of Realism 7th Annual International Juried Exhibition
2012 27th Annual Bosque Art Classic

2012 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibit
2012 The Salon International, Greenhouse Gallery
2012 CSOPA Faces of Winter

2012 Scottsdale Artist School Best and Brightest - Honorable Mention


2011 American China Oil Painters Artist League - Exhibition of Contemporary American and Chinese Realism.- Finalist
2011 Richeson 75 Small Works  - Finalist
2011 Richeson 75 Animals Birds and Wildlife - Finalist
2011 Richeson 75 Portrait and Figure - Finalist
2011 Southwest Art Magazine, Artistic Excellence Competition - Finalist
2011 The Artist Magazine, 28th Annual Art Competition - Finalist
2011 Interational Artist Magazine, Challenge No.64 - Finalist
2011 BoldBrush FAV 15% - June, July, October, December


2010 Lone Start Art Guild Show - Best of Show, Mayor's Choice, First Place, Second Place
2010 Woodlands Art League Spring Show - Best of Show
2010 Woodlands Art League Fall Show - Best of Show


2009 Woodlands Art League Spring Show - Best of Show
2009 Woodlands Art League Fall Show - Best of Show, First Place, Third Place

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

2014 Southwest Art, March

2013 Galeria Artelibre, Arte y Libertad VIII

2013 Southwest Art, December

2013 The Artist's Magazine, December

2013 American Art Collector, November

2013 International Artist, December/January

2013 Fine Art Connoisseur, February

2013 American Art Collector, March

2013 Fine Art Connoisseur, April

2013 International Artist, June/July

2013 Southwest Art, July

 

2012 Southwest Art, April

2012 Galeria Artelibre, Arte y Libertad Vll

2012 Strokes of Genius 4

2012 The Artist's Magazine, December

 

2011 International Artist, August/September

2011 The Artist's Magazine, December

 

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