I feel a love for nature and am drawn to beauty. I’m striving to capture the essential truth and beauty of my subject whether it is a landscape, a bouquet of flowers, or a model posing, while taking consideration of composition, design and paint quality - to create a work of art.
I started drawing when I was three years old and I’ve been fortunate to study with many great artists including Bob Gerbracht and Maynard Stewart in California and most notably Frank Mason at the Art Student’s League of New York. I am very proud to be associated with the Art Students League, one of the great art institutions of the world.
I am influenced by many great painters of the Renaissance to the 19th century and to the present from whom I find a wellspring of inspiration. I am fascinated with the qualities inherent in the paintings of Velasquez and Sargent (and my teacher) where much is expressed with seemingly little effort (seemingly being the key word) and a sense of assuredness and bravura
Influences & Favorites
Sargent, Velazquez, Colin Campbell Cooper, William Merritt Chase, Edouard Cortez, Child Hassam
b. 1960 Hattisburg, MS
Walter began drawing at an early age and always considered a life in art. After a year of college in Texas, he left his southern roots and began his first serious study with portrait artist Bob Gerbracht in San Jose, California. Later he returned to college, receiving a BA in Art from San Jose State University. While there, he had the good fortune to study with Maynard Stewart, who had been a student of Frank Vincent Dumond at the Art Students League of New York. Upon graduation, Walter moved to New York and began studying at the Art Students League. For 10 years Walter studied with Frank Mason, who had also studied with Dumond and succeeded him in his classes at the League.
Walter has lived in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY since 1989.
on the nightstand