About me

Welcome to the home of Ed Walker.

I am a print artist and writer and game designer living in Las Vegas, Nevada USA.

I first started writing by creating a non-fiction book. I’ve had a life long passion for flavor. Combining quality alcoholic ingredients with surprising mixers was my trademark. Thus I created a how-to book: A Taste for Drink.  At some point, I will write more how-to books about things I love.

I’ve been designing games for 30 years. Mostly I design them for myself and friends to play. I’ve tried marketing a few but didn’t have the wherewithal to produce them well enough and find buyers.  I’ve designed role-playing games, card games, and board games. I post some on this site as free print and play games and eventually will package all my print and play games into a single book.

My step-father was a police artist and accomplished painter who taught me an appreciation for quality art. While I will probably never be of his caliber as an artist I love texture and complexity in art. I was drawn to the works of artists like Albrecht Durer, a painter, and printmaker of the German

Albrecht Dürer - Melencolia

Albrecht Dürer – Melencolia

Renaissance.  His work was so complex and detailed that I could spend hours studying it.

I also discovered this wonderful artist living in Japan named David Bull. He was recreating woodblock art from the history of Japan. This intrigued me as he had found an audience who was interested in his artistic recreations; this

Elephantine Yokai by Meiji-era (1868 through 1912) designer Kawanabe Kyosai

Elephantine Yokai by Meiji-era (1868 through 1912) designer Kawanabe Kyosai

was a path I could follow; artistic craftsman rather than an original artist.

I began learning the skills of woodblock and achieved some success but then I learned about linocuts. The material is so much more forgiving than wood and allows detail that opened my mind to many possibilities.

As opposed to digital prints, lino prints celebrate the long tradition of handmade editioned art that has been practiced for nearly two millennia. While woodblock printmaking goes back thousands of years, linocut was popularised by artists like Picasso in the early part of the 20th century because of the wider availability and softer texture of linoleum.  I had found my medium.

I currently create recreations of earlier works – not exact reproductions but created with the original firmly in mind. I also create original work by combining elements of existing images or even my own sketches.

I find the carving part of the process relaxing; it’s like a moving meditation. The world disappears and nothing exists but the lines and the blade revealing the image. Seeing the image printed is like watching the birth of something you’ve nurtured for a long time.

I eventually plan to sell my relief art and am working on designs suitable for greeting cards, shirts or other similar items.

I hope you find something to enjoy on my site.

– Ed

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