has been an artist all his life having begun to draw at age 3. From 1989 until 2000 Walter studied painting with Frank Mason at the Art Students League and then again in 2008 shortly before his death. Frank Mason has been the most influential instructor in Walter’s life. Walter has continued his studies with Thomas Torak at the League from 2008 until the present. At the League Walter has benefited as well from a year of study with Greg Kreutz (2012-13) and upon his arrival in New York City with George Passantino (1988-89). Prior to that Walter received his earliest, serious instruction in portrait painting in oil from Bob Gerbracht in San Jose, California (1984-86) and later with Maynard Stewart at San Jose State University where he recieved a BA in Fine Art. (1988).
Walter is an American Artists Professional League Fellow and has also exhibited with the Allied Artists of America, the Audubon Artists and the Salmagundi Club (all in New York) as well as the Greenhouse Gallery and the American Impressionists Society. He participated in the Easton Plein Air Arts Festival (2007) and the Teaching Studios of Art Plein Air Competition. (2011, 2012, 2013). Walter was the first artist chosen to participate in the Bryant Park Painter in Residence Program in 2012 and consequently the New York Times wrote an article which featured an interview with Walter.