(From “Something Foxy” Article, 1998)
Walter began painting as a hobby and artistic outlet in 1950, but plunged full time into oil painting when he retired from teaching school at age 55. “Sometimes I do abstract, sometimes realistic landscape–whatever mood I’m in,” he admitted. Spending summers near the Belgrade Lakes near Rome, Maine, he has a pristine lake with beaver, owl and loons, plus a lovely mountain, with gorgeous sunsets reflected in the lake for inspiration. “Other times I make stuff up in my head; it seems to work better than having a still life in front of me. I know what a flower looks like, so I can visualize a bunch of them in a vase. I’m very unobservant, but when a scene hits me, I can recall it and easily move the tree or add cloud formations to make the painting Work,” he explained.
He works using mental patterns, as opposed to pure realism so popular in current art. “I think in terms of Light and Dark for maximum contrast. I saw the white pattern in that Provincetown painting and that is what I went for–whereas reality would have killed the painting right away.”