Ken Walton watercolours

Norfolk landscapes captured in watercolour

About the Artist

Ken Walton is a self-taught watercolourist who started painting and sketching as a hobby to express his environmental concerns. He worked in industry as a design engineer before turning professional. He now paints full-time from home in rural Norfolk where he lives with his wife and son.

Watercolour: Agricultural Recycling - Stiffkey Valley

In the main his paintings feature Norfolk’s landscapes, flora and fauna, reflecting his concern for the county’s environment. In his rural retreat, he is surrounded with a wonderful variety of landscapes all backed by those continually changing Norfolk skies, all naturally changing through the seasons, thus producing their own characteristic lighting effects. These are the scenes and subjects which he displays in his watercolours, every one being a challenge to portray, not just in accurate form but in atmosphere too.

More recently he has taken an interest in smaller subjects, such as gates, stiles, old farm doorways and domestic items because these are the things that are fast disappearing, although they were once a part of everyday life.

Ken only works in watercolour for his finished paintings. He uses a wide range of watercolour papers, thus allowing him to choose the one most suitable for the subject in hand.

Watercolour: Autumn Spotlight - Foxley

For over 25 years Ken has held, and continues to hold, an annual spring one-man exhibition, as well as selling his work through recognised professional galleries. In addition he has his own small gallery at Foxley which is open to the public. Ken has also seen a steady growth in commissions over a period of time. These are always considered, but only undertaken if Ken feels he can do justice to the subject in question. His work can be found in private collections in this country, as well as several abroad.

Watercolour: The Trusty Survivor

He has also produced a range of limited edition greeting cards, calendars and reproductions and his artwork has also been used for the illustrations in books.

His work is sold ready to hang, unless for export, as he undertakes all his own framing and therefore he can offer a secondary service of framing clients own prints, watercolours, and photographs.

In 2006 he won the Produced in Norfolk Environmental Award and has appeared many times on local BBC radio.