ABOUT THE ARTIST
In 2003, Brooke Walker-Knoblich studied abroad in Paris, France with Wells College for 9 months. This experience profoundly influenced the course of her artistic life. Her first oil painting class included mulling paint and making gesso, learning the glazing techniques of the Renaissance Masters,, and painting a copy in the Louvre Museum. Almost a decade later, Brooke would return to Europe to nourish her realism roots and paint a live model at the Florence Academy of Art.
In 2001, Brooke Walker-Knoblich graduated valedictorian and received a scholarship to attend Revelle, the liberal arts college at UC San Diego. After earning a BA in 2005, Brooke developed her first serious body of work of photorealistic larger-than-life portraits and began exhibiting in juried shows across the USA. Her 30x24" painting "Self Portrait by Candlelight" (left) is from this period.
In 2008, Brooke moved to Sacramento, CA and created several bodies of work inspired by the region. Her Responding to Rivers, Streets of Midtown, and Musicians of Midtown series all received local recognition, including a center-fold review in SN&R. In 2011, Brooke Walker- Knoblich became dedicated to painting directly from life. For several years she pursued independent studies in a weekly alla prima painters' group with Pat Mahony, Marcy Friedman, & Boyd Gavin, classes w/ Suchitra Bohsle, Ruo Li, & Michael Siegle, and a mentorship with Early Boley. Painting from life opened Brooke's repertoir to include plein air landscapes and still life paintings.
2022. "Featured Artist Exhibition of 18 paintings" Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2020. "Celebrating Women: 100th Anniversary of Women's Constitutional Right to Vote." Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA.
2019. "From the Mountains to the Sea: Oregon Landscapes" Sisters in the Pearl, Portland, OR.
2018. Curated Exhibit of 2 Artists," Gallery at Cerulean, Portland, OR.
2018. "Portrait Connection's Inaugural Event," Layor Art, Bend, OR.
2018. "Au Naturel 12th Annual" International Juried Exhibition. Royal Nebeker Gallery, Astoria, OR.
2018. Honorable Mention "21st Juried Art Show," Schack Art Center, Everett, WA.
2017. "Texas National 2017" Juried Group Show, SFASU, Nacogdoches, TX
2017. "Artworks Northwest 2017" Juried Group Show, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR.
2017. "Curious Gallery PDX" Juried Group Show, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Portland, OR
2016. "Willamette Valley Lavender Paint Out" Juried Group Show, Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR
2015. "6 Squared" Juried Group Show, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA
2015 "Where the Wild Things Are," Juried Group Show, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, CA
2014 "Annual Crocker Fine Art Auction," Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA
2014 “Valona Paint Out,” Juried Group Show Epperson Gallery, Valona, CA
2014 Award of Merit. “Inner Views,” Juried Group Show Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, CA
2014 “Expressions West,” National Juried Exhibition, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR
2014 “Retrospective: A Decade of Oils,” Solo Show Capital Art Works Studio & Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2013. “KVIE Art Auction,” Juried Group Show and Auction Benefit, Sacramento, CA
2013 “Magic of Music,” Sacramento Youth Symphony benefit, Scottish Rite Center, Sacramento, CA
2013 “Alla Prima,” Solo Show, Tim Collom Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2012 Award of Merit. California State Fair, Sacramento, CA
2012 “Painting the Present,” Solo Show, Union Hall Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2012 “Musicians of Midtown,” Solo Show, Twenty-One-Ten Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2011 “Portraits of Place,” Solo Show. International House, Davis, CA
2011 “Chasing the Light,” Solo Show. MAIYA Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2010 "Streets of Midtown," Solo Show. Beatnik Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2009 Award of Merit. California State Fair, Sacramento, CA
2008 “The Art of Music Juried Exhibition,” Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY
2008 "Circling the Globe Through Women’s Lives," Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY
2008 Award of Merit. "Faces X Juried Online International Art Exhibition," Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE
2007 Award of Honor. "Contemporary Women," Juried Exhibition, Chico Art Center, Chico, CA
2007 Residents Choice Award of Excellence ” VMRC’s 4th Annual Juried Art Exhibition,” Park Gables Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA
2007 Award of Merit. “Offspring National Juried Exhibition,” 21st Century Art, Broadway, VA
2007 Award of Excellence. “Englewood Arts National Juried Art Show,” Englewood Cultural Arts Center, Englewood, CO
2007 “The Language of Portraits", Debut Solo Show, Language World Cultural Center, Carmichael, CA
2006 Award of Excellence. “4th Annual Color International Art Exhibition,” Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE
Brooke Walker-Knoblich is a contemporary female artist and figurative painter. As a Pacific Northwest artist, she creates dozens of paintings per year for students, galleries, and collectors nationwide. Brooke is inspired by classical realism and alla prima forms of expression. She combines techniques from multiple periods of art history to infuse her paintings with luminous color and brushwork.
While in Paris, Brooke Walker-Knoblich studied live figure drawing and painting with Kathy Burke. Painting directly from life, infused Brooke's art with more confidence and expression. She began exploring more wild uses of color in the portraits she painted of her self and friends and huanted the halls of the Musee d'Orsay, looking at the Impressionists.
In 2016 Brooke moved to Portland, Oregon to pursue her career as a full-time professional artist. She supports her family by painting portrait commissions, teaching private art classes, and selling her landscapes & still life paintings directly to collectors. Brooke Walker-Knoblich is an independent artist with no gallery repesentation or affiliations. She is currently focused on creating a new body of work "Celestial Self Portraits" that fuses her realism roots with contemporary color.