Born in Galashiels, Walter studied Furniture Design and Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. Graduating in the early seventies, he went on to a successful career in secondary and further education before focusing full time on his multi-disciplinary art practice.
Walter states that his influences are many and varied, ranging from the Renaissance masters to the Glasgow Boys. The figure is a primary focus in Walter’s work, an interest that began during his days at secondary school, he sees the figure as holding endless possibilities for an artist, from the nuances of light and shadow to the ability to depict movement and poise.
On canvas Walter works mainly in oil, using his innate understanding of light and human anatomy to conjure up images that possess a dramatic yet contemplative quality.
1971 Graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in Furniture Design and Sculpture
1972 Certificate in Secondary Education at Moray House College
Teaching Experience:Lornshill Academy, Alloa High School of Stirling, Falkirk College of Technology
Developed SCOTVEC national certificate courses in Art and Design
Worked as an Examiner, Marker, Subject Assessor and Verifier
1985 Set up workshop in Alloa producing wheel-thrown functional stoneware, Raku fired ware and figurative sculpture
1991 Resigned from teaching to concentrate on artwork.
Developed work in slip-cast figurative sculpture.Now works as a sculptor and painter.
Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen
Athol Gallery, Dunkeld
Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan
Smith Gallery, Stirling
Gatehouse Gallery, Rouken Glen
Pyramid Gallery, York
Glasgow Art Fair
Affordable Art Fair, London
Winner of the SPA Alastair Dunn Award 1990
Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists and Artist Craftsmen
Paintings in the Collection of Lord Doune
Ceramic Mural, Alloa Town Centre
Centrepiece of historical exhibition, Abbott’s House, Dunfermline
Clackmannanshire Arts Forum award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts 2007