"I'm originally a northside Chicago guy born into a hardworking middle class family. I am the youngest of three and the only boy. My parents are first generation Americans, Dad was a carpenter and Mom, a dressmaker. I absorbed an appreciation for working with my hands from my folks and remember really being turned on to making art at an early age. In elementary school, my art abilities were noticed and I was chosen to be part of an art program that included weekly trips down to the Art Institute of Chicago where I would wander in amazement though the museum, soaking in the art. I was particularly imprinted by Calder, O'Keeffe, Picasso, Monet, Magritte, Dali and so many others. Feeling these artists at a young age affected how I looked at the world. Through high school and college I succeeded at playing football but all the while I knew that creating art was going to be my life. Sports have also been central in my life and I view athletics as another form of artistic expression. I think much of my art making is an attempt to reconcile two parts of my personality, cerebral and physical. I'm married to the love of my life, Salli, for 39 years and we have 2 wonderful daughters, Shawn and Erin." -Steve Walker
Exhibitions and Commission Projects: Art Institute of Chicago, Marriot Hotels, College of Lake County, Anderson Arts Center, Antioch Fine Arts Gallery, Talman Home Savings, Loyola University Medical Center, Anthony Michael Interiors, and Dandelion Art Gallery & Studios.