My passion for photography began in my early 20s with the purchase of a Minolta SLR camera while working in the travel industry. I studied photography at West Valley and Skyline Colleges. Subsequent publication of my photos in travel brochures and magazines turned my hobby to an avocation. Awards from county fairs and the San Mateo Color Slide Club lent further encouragement, and participation in the Yosemite Association’s Artist in Residence Program provided a founda- tion to develop photo workshops. I expanded these into travel photography courses at San Francisco and Sacramento State Universities Extended Education Programs. In the late 1980s I began a mid-life career as an elementary school teacher and also taught photography for the cities of Pacifica and Half Moon Bay.
During the 1990s, education and volunteer interests connected me to video and television production. Encouraged by a fellow- ship from Senator Jackie Speier, I produced several educa- tional videos as well as becoming the producer and host of Pacifica Currents, a weekly current events show at Pacifica’s Community TV Station, Channel 26.
When I retired from teaching in 2004, my desire to under- stand color and see it in different ways led me to the study of watercolor and recently monotype. The photographer’s and painter’s eyes view the world in different yet complementary ways. Involvement with the Sanchez Art Center, Art Guild of Pacifica membership, and my affiliation with Tangerine Arts, are wonderful opportunities and connections for me as an artist. My art in the form of note cards and prints is being marketed as “Images by SL Walker”. Since 2008 my Pacifica photography has been featured in a local promotional calendar, and I continue to participate in exhibits, most recent juried acceptances are with the Coastside Land Trust and the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara.
"A perfect photograph is one that perfectly records,
reflects its subject, gives its beholder the same order of joy that the original would." Evans 1908