Photograph by Vince Lupo

Photograph by Vince Lupo

Kelly L. Walker

Kelly L. Walker paints with zeal and confidence, committing spontaneous reflections of her mood and emotions to canvas. Walker’s abstract paintings demonstrate the techniques, textures, and patterns she employs as a professional decorative painter. Utilizing a wide range of atypical materials, her works are intricately layered and her surfaces defy explanation, calling reference to landscape, graffiti, and color fields.

Walker’s artwork has been featured extensively at venues both in and outside of the Baltimore area, including VOLT Restaurant in Frederick, MD, the Rosenberg Gallery, Silo Point, Gallery 1951 in Los Angeles, and the Delaware Museum of Art.


Faux and decorative painting have taught me to explore many mediums and how far I can manipulate them. My relationship with paint is a long and extensive one. Painting is a moving meditation to me (losing my mind as I like to call it) and is necessary for someone like me. Since I can't do it with chemicals anymore, I find other ways to release the tensions of living life on life's terms. The struggles that I encounter in a piece (like painting over and over my work) are self referential to my personal mental struggle between my ego and self. Writing mantras underneath the work and setting intentions for myself and the piece forces surrender to the moment that I'm in and has become responsibility I never knew I wanted. Surrender does not come easy for me, I have a restless spirit that craves release. I'm grateful I have found that place.