At 32, Steven Walker already has achieved many levels of success as an artist.

At 32, Steven Walker already has achieved many levels of success as an artist.

He has earned bachelor's and master's degrees in art, illustrated children's books and posters, been represented in galleries in four states and won many awards for his works.

He also has achieved another level of satisfaction to which many artists aspire.

"I paint every day," he said.

On at least two of those days this fall, he will teach others how to work in his favorite medium - oil paint.

A landscape painter whose works are beginning to be noticed by collectors, Walker will teach "Oil Painting, Landscapes" and "Oil Painting: Still Life" at the McConnell Arts Center (MAC).

MAC director Jon Cook said Walker is a good example of the high-quality artists who teach at the center.

Walker moved to Westerville about four years ago so his wife could become a professor at Otterbein University. He also taught there some but found it too taxing to do that while continuing to illustrate and to paint landscapes.

Walker grew up in Virginia and earned a bachelor's degree in art at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and a master's from Marywood University.

He began his career as an illustrator, working on books and for the Boy Scouts of America, Highlights for Children, the Columbus Marathon and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

He also taught at VCU prior to turning his attention to fine arts, especially the oil landscapes that have earned him honors in several juried competitions.

He is represented by the Sharon Weiss Gallery in Columbus, as well as galleries in Nashville, Tenn., and Louisville, Ky.

Walker said he likes to teach at the MAC because of the relaxed atmosphere.

"I try to create a loose environment," he said.

His classes are for all skill and experience levels. He tries to teach according to students' comfort levels, he said.

"I have yet to make anyone cry in class," he said.

Seriously, he encourages even those who have never touched a paintbrush to start with oils, which can be more forgiving than other media. If a mistake is made, the artist can scrape it away and start over.

"If you're not sure where you're going and you want to just move the paint around, it's the way to go," Walker said.

His landscape class will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, from Sept. 6 to Oct. 11.

The still-life class will be held the same hours on Wednesday nights, from Sept. 7 to Oct. 12.