Maggy Walton captures moments in time through her art and photography that might go unnoticed by casual observers.
Her subject matter is rooted in nature.
“Nature offers an abundance of textures and abstractions that are fun to play with in photography,” Walton said. “I look for interesting shapes that may take a few moments for the viewer to identify.”
Walton, whose work is on exhibit at the Napa County Library this month, said she was “honored and excited” to be chosen for the juried exhibit.
A reception for her show is scheduled at the library for Friday, July 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and Walton will give an informational talk at 6:30 p.m.
During her art talk, Walton will be speaking about the “intersection of art and technology.” Her emphasis will be on how she uses her iPhone camera to capture images she employes in digital applications such as PhotoShop and Lightroom.
“I love the freedom the iPhone gives me to be spontaneous, creative, and in the moment,” Walton said. “I do own a digital SLR camera, but I find I reach for my iPhone simply for the convenience.”
With her photography, she uses post-production applications to create illustrative images. For this show, Walton has included only a few of her acrylic paintings since her major focus recently has been her photography.
In addition to finding inspiration in nature, Walton is fascinated with old, dilapidated buildings because they “offer wood with character, mysterious doorways, and the feeling of being in a time warp.”
She said she identifies with the time-worn buildings in her art and photography and that she “intentionally chooses higher contrast and brighter color images” to create her finished pieces.
“I have considered myself an artist my whole life,” she said. “I’ve played in many mediums: pottery, oil and acrylic painting, life drawing, watercolors, package design, printmaking, and jewelry making. But I always come back to photography and painting.”
“My art captures a moment in time, one that I have witnessed and hope, in expressing myself in my artwork, others will see something magical or inspiring like I did,” she continued. “I find Napa Valley and the Big Island gives me the most exquisite opportunities to capture a little bit of magic.”
Although she has spent most of her life in Napa, with a father in the Air Force, Walton lived in Texas as a young child and later moved to Washington. In 1978, she came to Napa, where she raised two daughters.
Walton’s 40-year professional career has spanned all aspects of the publishing and printing industry, from magazine and newspaper editing, newspaper layout to lithography.
She has worked for Napa Printing since 2001 and credits her job for keeping her engaged in the creative process of design, printing, and studio photography.
“Keeping current with technology and design software is the key,” she said. “I am fortunate to work with a group of highly creative people that I collaborate with daily. This translates into new ways to approach my images, both in photography and acrylic paintings.”
“With the birth of the digital camera and the complement of faster, more capable computers, I found a new photographic frontier to explore,” Walton said. “Now, my photography has evolved into images that reflect an abstract painting, a watercolor, or a realistic piece from nature. I’m fascinated by the ever-changing software and the speed at which I can create bigger, more exciting images.”
Walton briefly operated Full Circle Gallery in Tannery Row on South Coombs Street. She represented a dozen local and Bay Area artists, including herself, at the small gallery but when the Napa River flooded in 2006, at least 50 percent of the inventory was lost, and she closed the doors.
Though Walton misses her gallery, she enjoys camaraderie with fellow artists through her membership in the Napa Valley Art Association. Her work is available at Art Gallery Napa Valley in downtown Napa.
“Participation at the gallery has led me to other exhibit opportunities in Napa and the Bay Area. It’s a good feeling to once again be part of an artist’s collective where we share ideas and keep the gallery relevant,” she said. “In turn, the gallery awards scholarships to local high school and college art students each year. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Art in the library is sponsored by the Friends of the Library Foundation. The public is welcome to view the art and meet the artist who will give a talk about their work, process and inspirations.
A jury of local artists, a library commissioner and art in the library coordinator Stephania Pramuk view all entries and make selections for the year. The judging is blind.