Jan Walker, Artist

Fine photography
shot with an artist's eye

Photographs from around the world or near at hand.

Photo of me at work
courtesy Helen Powell
I am a life-long artist in many media, including pottery, words, music, photography, watercolor, food, and computer interfaces. Since 1990, I have lived on Cape Ann, where I have been privileged to absorb arts knowledge from exhibitions, local fellow artists, and master teachers, including Betty Lou Schlemm and Martin Ahearn. I have taken photographs since the age of 8. Wherever else my interests have focused, my camera has been a constant companion. A curious observer of what is around me, I see form, line, value, and abstract design qualities within everyday scenes. My greatest excitement comes from finding beautiful compositions in ordinary surroundings. Recently I have been exploring making new abstract compositions by combining and altering multiple photos.

My formal education and career concerned how people learn and then, knowing that, how to make computers more comprehensible for normal people to use. In the early 1990s, that specialty became of much less interest to the computer industry. From then on, I chose to explore the arts rather than continue with my prior work. I am a member of Cambridge Art Association, Newburyport Art Association (photo interest group), and a photography member of the Rockport Art Association. While I was a member of Local Colors Gallery in Gloucester MA, I had solo shows there in ceramics and in watercolors. I have several photographs of racing yachts on permanent display at the Mystic Seaport Museum. My work is in private collections on several continents.

I take digital images and process them with Photoshop to make the image look as it looked to me when I took it. For long-lasting true color, I print with pigmented inks on high quality fine art or photo paper. Framed pieces have acid-free conservation quality materials.
Venue Location Samples Description

Cambridge Art Association

25R Lowell Street
Cambridge, MA
(closed August)
Abstract composite digital image:

Moon's Desire

I was accepted into the Cambridge Art Association in 1994, having been urged to join by Ed Mason, long-time member and a Cambridge neighbor. The work I submitted to the jury back then was hand-built ceramics. Shortly thereafter, a large semi-abstract watercolor was accepted into a show. Most recently, a juror accepted an abstract composite photograph to a juried show.

I have exhibited at the Fall Salon each year and also in the summer Art Fair at the University Place gallery.

My "work" appears in every show at Cambridge Art Association because I have volunteered to optimize the lighting for each exhibit. I see my goal as making each piece equally noticeable, each with an equal opportunity to speak to the gallery visitors. Lighting the space, akin to hanging a show, is a creative work in itself. Aesthetically, it is really satifying to see a show come alive as I refine the lighting.

Rockport Art Association

12 Main Street
Rockport, MA
(closed January)
Awarded the Francis P. Brewer, Sr. Memorial Award for Excellence in photography, 2nd summer show 2008:

Sea Wings

I was accepted in the Photography Section of the Rockport Art Association in 2007. The RAA provides many exhibition opportunities in four summer photo shows.

Newburyport Art Association

65 Water Street
Newburyport, MA
Accepted to the Twelfth Annual NAA Regional Juried Show:

Cold Whip I

I joined the Newburyport Art Association, a vigorous community of artists, in 2008 and am honored to have my work shown amongst that of such accomplished artists.