KEN WALLIN BIOGRAPHY
Indiana State University, PhD, counseling psychology - specialist, art therapy
Marine Oil Painters, Portland, Maine 2006 2008
Glynn Art, Saint Simons Island, Georgia - solo exhibitions 1985 1996
Jekyll Art Association, Jekyll Island, Georgia - solo exhibition 1986
American Impressionism Society 2007 2009 2013 2014
National Oil & Acrylics Society 2014 2015
American Society of Marine Artists
Ken Wallin paints and teaches art on Saint Simons Island, Georgia. His work is inspired by his travels with his wife, Judy, a photographer. During his counseling career, he was widely published and developed education curriculum for harnessing creativity in children, and for managing anger though creativity. He has produced three instructional DVDs on oil painting.
STATEMENT : WALL SCULPTURE
As an artist for over 40 years, I have been driven to create art that has moved in many different directions. Most recently, I have created work that involves oil paint, acrylics, paper and sculpture. Two dimensional and three dimensional works are combined. Many of these pieces include butterflies and other creatures of nature, in the form of three dimensional mixed media presentations, enclosed in museum quality, archival, plexiglass boxes.
This work was inspired by a motivation to create works of nature in a different manner than more conventional methods. I was so inspired by my last trip to Africa, that when I got back to my studio it just didn't seem to do the animals justice to paint them in the usual manner. So I moved in a different direction. One thing leads to another, hence here I am now. Producing paintings by infusing painting and sculpture together.
I start with sketches of ideas and feelings. With a general idea developing, I move to an abstract oil painting on canvas or foam board. From this image, I begin to create an idea of how for example, butterflies, might be moving around to form an abstract composition. Another thought may be originated by asking the question, "What if the butterflies where moving/flying around to form something specific such as an object or animal?”
I then prepare a series of painted butterflies on paper to be pinned in various forms to complete the design from my thought process. It may be 130 to 175 butterflies depending on the size of the painting surface. Besides butterflies, it might be a group of hummingbirds or maybe porpoises pinned to the surface. What ever comes to mind…there are no limits for me. Something to create mass, emotion and interest: this technique combines not only several other techniques, but different creatures from nature. I find this something new and rewarding to my clients and art patrons.