Gini Walker first realized her life-long passion for art upon viewing the Library of Congress exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e). She began painting, and earned her BA in design from the University of Virginia.
Walker then entered a formal apprenticeship with master artist Leo Zulueta, the father of tribal tattooing. She accompanied Zulueta on many educational trips across Polynesia to study the flowing black designs of the tribal tattoos. Inspired by nature, these living designs would guide the background of her work and form the soul of her paintings.
After completing her apprenticeship, Walker became a student of Andy Weber, a premier Thangka painter who studied the iconography of Tibetan Buddhism in India and Nepal. Under her on-going studies with Weber, she has learned the sacred geometry (composition) of the inspirational Buddhist paintings that guide the viewer to compassion and inner peace.
Walker's culturally diverse training is evident in her paintings. She leverages nontraditional mediums, such as tattoo ink on wood to capture the spirit of her subjects. The result is dynamic imagery imbued with deep spiritual meaning.
A Virginia native, Gini Walker lives and works in San Diego.