Walker Lewis, a senior advertising major from Los Angeles, is an artist interested in photography, painting and design. What impresses me most about Lewis is the passion he has for his work and his ability to see art in everything — a talent that is evident through our conversation.
Kate Sagara: What mediums of art are you most interested in?
Walker Lewis: Design and photography. I like publication design. I do a lot of zines.
KS: When did you first become interested in art?
WL: I’ve been interested my whole life. When I was a kid, I remember stapling papers together and making drawing books. But I always sucked at drawing. I’m not that bad, but I’m not that good. I’m not drawing anything realistic.
KS: What inspires you to make art?
WL: The things that I see on a daily basis, walking around San Francisco. And the things I see on Instagram always inspire me. My partner is a painter and a ceramics artist, so that pushes me to be more artistic, or just to be on the same level as her. When I was in high school, my friend and I started a record label and art collective. He was the artist and I was in the back doing business, not art. But, that’s what really turned me on to being an artist myself and that’s when I started taking photos and stuff.
KS: How would you describe your style of art and how did you develop it?
WL: I’m definitely still developing it. I feel like I’m always developing. As an artist, you go through phases. And my style, it’s my own style. It’s pretty original in my eye — maybe not, though. I try to be different. So, I try not to take generic photos or photos of stuff that I’ve seen. I try to stay away from copying. [My style includes] everything from fashion photography to dog portraits to skate photos.
KS: Is your art mostly photography?
WL: Last year, I broke my ankle and I took the first semester off because I had to get surgery. I started painting a lot, and I really fell in love with it. I don’t call myself a painter or anything, but I paint. Acrylic, gouache, and I’m really into watercolor.
KS: What do you hope to do in the future?
WL: I hope to be an art director or a creative director. My dream job would be working for a streetwear skate brand as an art director. But realistically, my dream is to be a copywriter or an art director in advertising. I do freelance now, but once I graduate, I’m planning on going full force into freelance photography. So I see myself as an art director, copywriter and photographer all in one.
KS: Is there anything else you want people to know about you?
WL: I’m working on a dog book. I used to dog sit a lot last semester. So I set up a whole bunch of backdrops and took photos of dogs. I have a whole bunch. I’ve been posting them on Instagram, but I’ll be coming out with a dog book soon.
Walker Lewis can be found on Instagram at @walkerlew.