We had the good fortune of connecting with Walker Noble and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Walker, how do you think about risk?
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” We get 100 years on this planet if we’re lucky. I just truly believe that you have to take risks in order to fully live your life. Many could argue that the riskiest thing is to not take any risks at all. Taking chances has been a huge factor in my success.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My mission is to connect beautiful works of art with enthusiastic new owners. As a Black owned company, one of the guiding principles of my studio is that everyone should be able to enjoy art. Walker Noble Studios is a convenient and interactive space for both art enthusiasts and collectors to find pieces that cater to a wide array of tastes. I’m most proud of and excited about the continued discovery and appreciation of my work. I’m so happy that my art resonates with people from all over the globe. I got to where I am today through good ol’ fashioned hardwork and luck. Just being honest. Preparation meeting opportunity is what they right? Was it easy? Lemme just put it like this, I have family members and friends that work in dangerous back-breaking occupations. Out of respect to them, I wouldn’t dare say sitting in an air conditioned studio creating art is on par with their definition of “hardwork”. While starting a business from scratch and making something out of nothing is not easy, let’s just say what I do is truly a labor of love. I’ve learned many lessons along the way. One of the biggest would be having a strong infrastructure in place. Once you build it, they will come. You’ve gotta be ready to scale your business quickly. I want the world to know that I’m creating art for the world to enjoy. I love sharing my art just as much as I enjoy creating it. I truly hope everyone is able to find at least one piece that resonates with them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a fun question. And I’m gonna answer this for the year 2025 in hopefully what will be a complete post Covid world. Breakfast at Nick’s Diner, lunch at Wax Paper after a long bike ride on the LA River trail. Dinner at Bestia (hey Laura, Lisa, Chef Ori and the crew). We’d definitely walk the beautiful grounds of the Huntington Library, morning hikes at Ernest Debs, coffee at Civil coffee and breakfast at Gloria’s. Lunch at Grand Central market, Brazilian dinner at Woodspoon. Drinks at Clifton’s. Ride around the Arts District. Check out the galleries at Hauser & Wirth. Tacos and churros at Ditroit. Show them the cute bungalows in South Pas, drive down Fig, catch the views from Mount Washington. Catch a concert at the Hollywood Bowl or some jazz at the Blue Whale. Shopping at The Row DTLA. Maybe head up to the central coast, hit a few wineries, fun in the Funk Zone and dinner at Loquita in Santa Barbara. Needless to say they’re gonna have a full week.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My higher power and my wife first and foremost. Without them none of this would be possible. I’d also like to thank my friend and the bad cop to my good cop, Maggie Mattuchio Flynn. Thank you to Aurora James, Lauren McGinnis, the 15 Percent Pledge, Ebby of Sunbeam Vintage, my sister from another mister Ivirlei Brookes, Jeni Britton-Bauer, Michelle Monaghan, Dabito, Amber Lewis, Brooke Miller, Maiara Walsh, Sonja Rasula, Abbey Esposito, Krista MacDonald, Rosalie Watson, Jordan Short, Grace Rasmus, Russell Denhert, Keith W, Diane D, Aimi M, Victoria Canty, Erin Elliot and anyone else that I may have forgotten to mention. I love you all for your early and continued support.
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