Xan Walker is an Mental Health Clinician at East Bay Agency for Children (EBAC). She is working toward licensure as an Art Therapist and a Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her two Bachelors of Art from the University of Washington, one in printmaking and one in painting. She moved to San Francisco in 1993 to purse graduate studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. After an extended hiatus to raise her son and work on her degrees, she is looking forward to growing her body of work and returning to exhibiting. Her focus is on mixed media and photography.
Art has existed since before the written word, and has been used for a variety of reasons. The creation of beauty has been an enduring function of art. My work is a search for beauty in the internal world of dreams and feelings, the external world of everyday things, and the meeting of the two. I am inspired by things I see, things I dream, things I feel, and things I imagine from my inner world of symbols. I enjoy the process of capturing a moment in time, and making intangible feelings, tangible. I am currently focused on photography and mixed media. Photography because I like the way I can quickly and spontaneously capture images that catch my eye, and mixed media because I can represents the impressions of my inner world with a fun sense of passion. With both I try to create the sense of spontaneity and whimsy that I find so enjoyable when it is happened upon in life. In the end, I create because it brings joy and a sense of freedom to my life.