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Meet Skye Walker of Skye Walker Art in Encinitas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Skye Walker.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Skye. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Where to begin? Well, I’m a full-time artist, muralist and designer. I’ve been an artist ever since I could hold a crayon and grew up drawing, painting and creating art whenever I had a chance. I never wanted to be anything else… except a veterinarian when I was 7. But that lasted a day.

I grew up with very supportive parents and my dad was a jack-of-all-trades kind of guy and he taught me how to paint murals when I was in high school, which would come back to help me later in life more than I knew then. I earned a four-year art scholarship to Oregon State University and after I graduated, I moved to Encinitas, California where I worked in the Action Sports Industry as a designer for about 10 years.

Nine years ago I was commissioned by Whole Foods Markets to create original murals for their Encinitas location and that sparked my interest and desire to refocus all my energy on large scale murals, installations and public art. I haven’t looked back!

Has it been a smooth road?
As an artist, no matter what avenue you choose, you learn a lot along the way. There will be bumps in the road, but those are learning experiences. you can’t have the good without the bad… or hard… or challenging. I’ve had difficult clients, art that I spent lots of time on only to not get paid for, impossible challenges to get a project done. But in the end, it adds to your story and makes you smarter, stronger and helps you with the next job.

Every mural I do poses challenges that are always unseen. So I go in planning for the worst and hoping for the best. Be it bad weather, temperamental scissor lifts, human interference and working until I can’t stand anymore. But what I love about each mural project is the trouble shooting that arises and helps the make the project come together in the end. I walk away from each mural I do with a little more information for my brain and a bit of pride knowing I got the job done when it seemed impossible at times.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Skye Walker Art – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Since I’m the sole proprietor of my business, I go by @skyewalker_art on instagram – but it’s basically just me, Skye Walker doing the work. I specialize in large scale murals, public art & installations. I also do graphic design, paintings, illustration and cartoons. But murals are my real passion.

I’m proud that to say with a lot of hard work and determination I’ve been able to be self-employed for about nine years now and growing each year. I’ve worked with a lot of amazing clients like Whole Foods, Renovate America, Karl Strauss Breweries, Swinerton Builders, The Cardinal Group as well as smaller brands and private entities.

But what I’m most proud of is seeing people’s reactions to my murals when they look at my work and get a smile on their face. I receive emails telling me my art has inspired people or their kids and that, to me, is the greatest achievement. I was inspired to be an artist by my dad and other artists as a kid… so to do that for other people is awesome.

What sets me apart?
I guess I’m pretty diverse in my work. I do a lot of commercial work mixed with my own work and while you might get hints of my style in a few things, there is a lot I’ve done you wouldn’t know I painted. I get restless doing the same things, so I try to keep my work different and adaptable while staying true to my ideas and visions.

This coming year I’m doing something big. I bought a sprinter van that I’m building out with my friend Joey Fandel and Johnny Wood to do a year long mural tour starting in June. I’ll be going coast to coast and will be doing murals for all kinds of communities, schools, businesses and having adventures mixed in along the way. I’m pretty excited about that!

I’ve also been able to be an ambassador for a few brands like Mizu, Guayaki, The James Brand and Vuori clothing who have supported me through my mural endeavors and they will also be along for the mural tour as well.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
San Diego is, for lack of a better word, epic. The weather, the surf, the accessibility to the mountains, the desert and so much more is unbeatable. You can never be bored living here! I can paint murals and be outside year round going on adventures.

I think San Diego is catching up to the diversity of art scenes that other cities may have. There’s nothing I don’t like about San Diego, but a lot of artists I know feel the arts could be stronger here… but it’s getting better and better every year with more murals, art shows, galleries, graphic design events and diversity.

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Image Credit:
Brad Smith & Mat Kestle

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