“The Next Generation”
Walker’s journey into children’s illustrations began over fifteen years ago, when she first explored painting as a means of self-healing. It was through this healing process that she gave creative life to the first “Katori Kid”. The perspective and vulnerability of her art ushers the viewer into a safe space of childlike innocence, where they easily relate to and reflect on their inner-child.
“Katori” is an acronym Walker created to celebrate children, standing for “Kids Are Treasures, Our Real Inspiration”. “Katori Kids are an international expression of empowerment for children”, says Walker. Walker envisions the Katori Kids bringing brightness and optimism to places where children play, learn and grow throughout the world.
Her paintings evoke emotions of playfulness, joy and the wonderment of the unknown. Their subjects represent a global spectrum of hues and cultures.
Cynthia “Katori” Walker has cultivated a growing audience of children and adults. She takes pleasure when a satisfied buyer confesses that when he gazes at a “Katori Kid” painting, he remembers to relax and enjoy life.
“Katori” is an acronym Walker created to celebrate children, standing for “Kids Are Treasures, Our Real Inspiration”.
Born in New York City and raised between Westchester County and the Caribbean Islands, Cynthia Walker was exposed to a dynamic contrast of visual inspiration as a youngster. Piercing even through the bright lights of the city, and the wide-open skies of the countryside, seem to have been the women in her life: she points in particular to her mother, two grandmothers and two great-grandmothers, as a source of inspiration.