DECATUR– Jerry Walters grew up and discovered his love of art in Decatur during his childhood in the 1950s but hasn’t returned much to his home town in the years since. That’s changing this month.
Walters’ and his unique woodprint style of art are being featured this month at the Decatur Area Art’s Council for their monthly gallery series.
Walters, a retired art professor, says he began his career as a wood-printer during his time in college at the University of Kansas, “I planned on getting into jewelry making but once I discovered woodprints I immediately fell in love with the craft.”
He says the process of developing the prints, which can take several days to make, drew him in, “Woodprinting reached me on many levels, I love to draw and being able to carve my designs into the wood was an aspect of drawing, and I also liked being able to create these prints at home without having to use a machine.”
Walters says his prints are unusual in the industry because he focuses on making large scale prints, “Most people in this area of artistry make small prints but I decided to focus on large scale prints; I like being able to add the fine details to them.”
Walters says his subject matter is normally of the human figure, but as a former professor he also has a flair for art history, so he models some of his prints from the works of famous artists.
The woodprint display will be featured at the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Decatur Area Art’s Council through September.