Other Seasons, a collection of oil paintings of local landscapes in seasons other than summer, by Peninsula painter Decker Walker is currently on display at Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park. Walker’s small oil paintings, done outdoors in nearby parks and gardens, feature the subtle beauties of the local countryside.
“California is justly famous for its sunny summer landscapes — golden hills, deep blue skies, bronzed green oak trees, purple mountains,” said Walker. “The same landscape shows a different face in other seasons — cooler, less brash colors, more spare, more modest, more varied and also beautiful in other ways. A paler sun casts long shadows over bright green newly sprouted grasses, grey overcast shows off the brilliant colors of fall foliage and winter berries, silvery reflections glitter on rainy days.”
Walker has been painting in and around the Peninsula for 10 years. He paints landscape, still life, figures and portraits. He is a member of the American Impressionist Society, Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America, the California Art Club, the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, and is a signature member of the Society of Western Artists. He paints throughout California and the West, and his paintings have been shown locally and nationally in juried exhibitions.
The Portola Art Gallery is located at the Allied Arts on Arbor Road in Menlo Park.
Percadero Dunes in Winter (12×16″, 2011), oil painting by Decker Walker