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Jeff Walker  (1944 - )
   Walker's youth was spent observing, investigating and recording Montana's bird life, ridges and prairies. He received his degree from Montana State University, did graduate work at Eastern Montana College, then taught secondary level art.
   In 1971, Walker bought an etching press and an old log cabin near Belt, Montana (pop. 633), and left teaching to become an artist full-time. Thirty years later, the Montana landscape remains the principal inspiration for Mr. Walker's tranquil oil paintings and poetic etchings. The artist combines etching and watercolor in his small-edition prints, which he pulls by hand and then paints individually.
   In this way, each of Walker's etchings is an original: some are subtly tinted, while others have the depth of watercolor paintings.
A naturalist in heart and spirit, Walker lives, paints and observes Montana's seasons from his home and studio outside of Great Falls. "All of my subjects come from within 100 miles of Great Falls," he says. "I have enough right here to keep me going for the rest of my life."