Artist Camille Walters loves teaching adults and children alike through her business — West Bend Art Center, Framing & Illustration Gallery — at 131 N. 6th Avenue. The West Bend Art Center opened in July of 2009! Camille is a master artist and teacher with collectors and students all over the world. Camille does custom framing and art restoration as well as commissions. She is an expert in all of these areas and enjoys growing as a creator with every new job.
Camille has been a full-time artist since 2005, she has learned from the best artists in the world. Camille has studied with the world-famous Igor Babailov, a renowned portrait artist. Igor came by invitation to the West Bend Art Center and taught a 15 person Master Workshop in 2019.
For years and years, Camille taught at the West Bend Mercantile, the Schauer Art Center, the University of Fond du Lac, the University of Milwaukee-Washington County Campus, the University of Sheboygan, the University of Manitowoc, MPTC, Cedar Valley, Timmer's restaurant, and many other locations and institutions. These days Camille teaches primarily at her studio working with students and clients individually and in groups, although she does still teach publicly for groups of 10 or more.
Camille regularly does commission portraits, landscapes, and mural work for her clients. She is extremely proud of the 5'x 20' mural she did at the Ozaukee/Washington Landtrust, the many whimsical murals she did at Cardinal Lanes Bowling Alley in Mayville, and the mural she did at the Kettle Moraine Gardens Assisted Living, which takes up an entire enormous wall from floor to ceiling! Another incredible mural Camille accomplished can be viewed at Wisconsin's oldest Catholic School, St. Mary's in Barton, it is 14'x30' with astounding architectural design and such vivid realistic figures and life-like details people swear it is real. Camille has done dozens of murals in Wisconsin's most prestigious private residences as well.
As a sought after artist, she has done more than 2,000 paintings in every medium possible and enjoys painting everything from architecture to dancing cats. Her paintings have found homes all over the United States and abroad.
Camille exhibits her work throughout the state of Wisconsin and does public speaking, painting demonstrations, and workshops for a variety of artist guilds, clubs, businesses, and schools all over Wisconsin. Camille has taught thousands and thousands of children and adults how to draw and paint! On some days she has taught 200+ students!
She has a background in Radio Broadcasting and Early Childhood Education. As a child, she traveled all over the world and lived in Japan and England. Camille was in European Nissan car, and Japanese candy commercials and print media as a child. For 3 years she was the "Pia-Pia Candy Girl" in Japan!
Not only is Camille an accomplished artist, and traveler she is also an activist and advocate for justice, having worked diligently for fairness and equity for her remarkable, cherished son who was killed in a wrong-way drunk driving car accident. Camille, along with her mother, worked in uncovering and exposing the corruption which exists in our justice system and the officials that worked in protecting a criminal, they submitted a time-delayed blood sample for the defendant and hid the first most reliable blood sample as was proven by their own documentation when the truth was uncovered. As a result of Camille's and her mother's unwavering work for bringing out the truth, the criminal did finally get arrested, charged and sentenced. The criminal will be incarcerated until 2040. Camille made formal complaints to numerous agencies including but not limited to, the Crime Victim Rights Board, The Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation, the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States where her case was and is docketed and reviewed. You can look on the Supreme Court Docket Search, case # 21-1026 Camille A. Walters v. Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation, et al. Click on the case number, the case will come up, now scroll down to the word "Petition" in blue font, click on it to read the full case. This only works on a computer, the file is too large for a smartphone. This is and was a huge effort and achievement as the instructions alone are daunting and extremely specific, there are rules regarding the margins, the font, cover and cover page information, questions presented, parties to proceeding and related cases, the numbering of pages, the amount of words (9,000 or less), table of contents and table of authorities, contents of appendix, reproducing documents in appendix, the petition must be made into 40 booklets that measure 6 1/8" x 9 1/4"and be correctly bound. The reason 40 booklets must be made by the Petitioner is so that each of the 9 Supreme Court Justices and their Law Clerks can each read the Petition. If 4 of the 9 Justices agree to take a case then a Writ of Certiorari is issued. Of the 5,000-7,000 cases that are filed at the Supreme Court each year only around 60 are actually ruled on! But to be 1 of a small number of cases on the Supreme Court Docket in a country of 331.9 million is no small feat. I wrote each and every word in the Petition by myself. There are certificates of compliance and certificates of service that must be correctly included. There are only 90 days from the date of judgement from the Petitioner's state's highest court, to the Supreme Court. If anything in the Petition is missing or incorrect there is no chance it will get filed, or ever reach the docket! There is precious little time to do all of this and there has to be a Federal Law in question which has been broken or not answered in the state court for any of this to be possible and it has had to have gone through the highest court in the state through court cases(mine is a complaint which is even more rare.) Not many people can say they have a case or complaint(I was told by experts in the field that a complaint would never get filed with the Supreme Court)on the Supreme Court Docket, once a case reaches the docket it will always remain there and can be publicly viewed. Once I decided to go forward and attempt to take my complaint to the nation's highest court I only had 60 days and was under extreme stress, there was so little time with so many specific rules to follow, but it was worth every penny and every minute spent to let the corrupt ones know I know what they did and how they did it and to shed a bright light on our broken judicial system. Supreme Court cases on the docket are studied by lawmakers, historians, scholars and journalists. These important cases affecting all of our liberties can be viewed by the public. This way the public can be informed about what is happening in our country and people can work to be a voice for change. There are so many federal laws which should be eliminated, changed and created so that victims can more easily obtain justice, and no one should be immune to the laws, especially those who enforce them! I am proud to say I stood up for my son when he couldn't stand up for himself, and forever grateful for those who stood by me!
Camille is happily married to a wonderful supportive husband and most proud of her outstanding sons who are her everything, her art reflects her life and the events and special people that have shaped her life.