Loving the Earth. Appreciating Art. Inspiring Community.
Local artist and muralist Skye Walker had an atypical upbringing. When he was in grade school, his parents—entertainers and pioneers in the sustainability movement—decided to blend their love of music, traveling and the environment and formed a family band called The EarthWalkers. For three years, Walker, his parents and his younger sister Amoris, traveled the country performing over 2,000 live shows at schools, community centers, churches and hospitals. “It was all about teaching others to save the environment,” he recalls. “On a small scale we were doing our part to influence our youth and community to protect Mother Earth.” This childhood instilled in him a deep appreciation for nature and creativity. It also inspired him to share his love of both with others.
In addition to Walker’s musical talents, this California-native discovered early on that he also had a flair for the visual arts. While he didn’t grow up tagging walls in the inner city, he did have an appreciation of street art and graffiti and spent a great deal of time during his high school years creating murals with his dad. “I learned a lot about art and murals from my dad and both of my parents were very supportive of my sister and I pursuing creative careers,” says Walker.
Art became his strong suit, and he was awarded a four year art scholarship to Oregon State where he majored in graphic design. After college, he moved back to Southern California and worked in the surf industry as a graphic designer. “Becoming a mural artist didn’t cross my mind. I thought it was hard work with a big canvas to fill,” he says. That is, until he got an airbrush. “It opened up a whole new world to me. Even though large scale murals were still a lot of work, they suddenly became much more fluid and so much more fun.”
Read more about Skye Walker in the article Mural Artist Skye Walker that was featured in the August 2015 issue of Natural Awakenings San Diego edition.