ABOUT THE ARTIST
Takeyce Walter is an award winning contemporary American painter (born Jamaica), art instructor, and media producer living and working in upstate New York. Driven to create from an early age, Walter has been producing art for as long as she can remember. Most recently, her focus has been on the natural landscape of her surroundings in the Northeast. Working with oil paint, pastels and gouache, Walter creates paintings that present the landscape in all its glory – flowing rivers, majestic skies, and picturesque lakes. There is a great sense of familiarity, tranquility, and reverence in each piece.
Inspired by the Daily Painters of the mid-2000s, Walter made a commitment to finishing at least one painting a week in 2005, and started blogging to help track her progress. Many years later, she has maintained that commitment and is currently producing art on a prolific basis. In 2014 Walter started Creative February, a daily creative project that has since inspired artists all over the world to create art each daily during the month of February. The inspiration and camaraderie gained from this project extended far beyond than twenty-eight days.
In addition to exhibiting her paintings online, she also exhibits in regional galleries in the Northeast. Her art has found homes in many private collections across the country, and internationally, as well these notable collections: The Adirondack Experience, The Saratoga Hospital Foundation, Hudson Headwaters, and the Brookside Museum.
Juried Member, The Oakroom Artists, 2016 to present
Juried Member, Adirondack Pastel Society, 2011 to present
Board Member, Saratoga Arts, 2014 to 2020
Board Member, The Nature Conservancy, 2018 to present
SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2022 A Breath of Fresh Air | Arts Center of the Capital Region | Troy, NY
2022 Nature’s Beauty | R Gallery | Albany NY
2019 Close to Home | Vischer Ferry General Store | Rexford, NY
2018 Catching the Light | Salem Courthouse Gallery | Salem, NY
2017 Reflections | The Adirondack Lakes Arts Center |Blue Mountain Lake, NY – October
2017 Recent Paintings, Guest Artist | Micropolis Gallery | Gloversville, NY – July/August
2017 Ruminations |Ticonderoga Arts Gallery | Ticonderoga, NY – July
2014 Local Beauty | Brookside Museum| Ballston Spa, NY
2013 Inspired | Mimosa Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY
2012 Landscapes | William K. Sanford Library| Latham, NY
2008 Quiet Beauty | Mimosa Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY
2006 New Works | Corina | Ballston Spa, NY
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022 Spring Landscapes | Silverwood Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY
2022 Landscapes for Landsake | ASA @ Maple Ridge | Coila, NY
2021 Landscapes for Landsake – Featured Artist | Maple Ridge | Coila, NY
2020 Adirondack Inspired | Keene Arts | Keene Valley, NY
2017 Luminous Paintings | Oakroom Artists Gallery | Schenectady, NY
2017 Open Spaces | Saratoga Arts Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY
2017 Color + Light | Oakroom Artists Gallery | Schenectady, NY
2017 Oakroom Artists Winter Exhibition | Oakroom Artists Gallery | Schenectady, NY
2016 Small Works | The Bennington Art Center | Bennington, VT
2016 Oakroom Artists 60th Anniversary Exhibition | The Fenimore Gallery @ Proctors | Schenectady, NY
2016 Nurture Nature | The Laffer Gallery | Schuylerville, NY |
2016 Peace of Nature | Clement Art Gallery | Troy, NY | (two-person show)
2016 Faculty Show | Saratoga Arts Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY |
2016 Darkness/Light | Spring Street Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY |
2015 Winter Holiday Salon| Clement Art Gallery | Troy, NY |
2015 UPSTATE ARTISTS | The Laffer Gallery | Schuylerville, NY | (group show, 2014, 2015)
2015 Dust to Dust | Clement Art Gallery |Troy, NY (juried group show, 2014, 2015, 2016)
2015 Adirondack National Pastel Exhibition | The Shirt Factory Gallery | Glens Falls, NY (juried show)
2015 Many Rivers | Saratoga Arts Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY
2014 EVERY DAY: A Month of Paintings | Spring Street Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY (two-woman show)
2012 10×10 | Mimosa Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY (group show, 2010, 2011, 2012)
2011 Two by Two | Mimosa Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY |
2011 Landscapes for Landsake | ASA, Maple Ridge Gallery | Coila, NY (2011, 2016, 2017)
2009 Views from the Battlefield | Saratoga Arts Gallery | Saratoga Springs, NY
2009 Landscapes by the Hudson River Daily Painters | Rhinebeck, NY
The beauty found in nature often overwhelms me. I am driven by an ever-present and irresistible urge to capture that beauty and share it with others. My recent work reflects the beauty I see in the natural landscape around me. I am most inspired by, and drawn to quiet and peaceful scenes. I am forever intrigued by light, and its effects on colors in the landscape. The paintings are of places I’ve experienced with all my senses, composed with intent to reconstruct the sense of connection I feel with nature.
My process of creating art is nourishing, energizing, and exhausting all at once. My goal when starting a painting is to capture the impression a place or a moment has left upon me. I need not lay down every blade of grass to capture the mood and atmosphere that originally drew me to a composition. I work primarily with oil paint and soft pastels to capture these moments.
I am inspired, and I hope my work inspires others to take pause, and experience the beauty around us.
ABOUT THE WORK: Paint and Pastels
I work with both pastels and oil paint. I have an equal affinity for both mediums. Each serves its purpose.
I use a variety of professional grade oils. My split primary palette consists of 6-8 colors colors including Titanium White, and warm and cool hues of red, yellow, and blue.
CARING FOR ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS
Oil paintings have been around for centuries. Finished oil paintings can be hung framed or unframed. A rule of thumb is to never hang your original art in direct sunlight. You can dust your painting every so often with a soft dry cloth. This will keep thick layers of dust from building up on the surface of the painting. Resist the urge to touch the paint, as oils from your fingers can affect the look of the painting over time.
I use professional archival grade paints, and grounds. Most of my oil paintings are done on stretched canvas, or canvas panels. I don’t usually varnish my work, but can do so if you would like.
Pastels have also been around for centuries. They have been used by notable old masters such as Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin, Edgar Degas, and Mary Cassatt as well as modern masters Wolf Kahn, and Daniel Greene.
Pastels are made from the same pigments used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints. Instead of oils, a binding agent is added to the pigments to create a chalk-like stick, which is applied to a textured surface, usually paper. Pastels are available in an array of colors, and many paintings done centuries ago still maintain their original vibrancy today.
I am a huge fan of pastels because of its immediacy – no mixing colors, or waiting for paint to dry. I use a variety of professional grade soft pastels: Terry Ludwig, Unison, Richeson, Sennelier, and nuPastel. I use acid free sanded paper/panel as my ground: UArt pastel paper, PastelBord, and Sennelier pastel card.
CARING FOR ORIGINAL PASTELS
Pastels should never be placed in direct sunlight or in any areas prone to excessive moisture. I do not use a fixative on my finished paintings, so they should be handled very carefully. To avoid smudging, never touch the surface of the painting. Pastels should be framed under glass to protect the finished painting from damage. I recommend museum UV glass. It’s glare free, and virtually invisible allowing the art to be seen from any angle. Pastels can be framed with, or without a mat using spacers to separate the art from the glass.
I am happy to frame any painting – oil or pastel. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email.