About the Artist
“I enjoy en plien aire painting as the work must be completed on the spot with a little tidy up in the studio.
A few hours soon pass and one learns to cope with nor ’westers, dog drying off after a swim, dust from gravel trucks and other little trials.”
Walter painted his first oil painting in January 1971, “Curio Bay, Southland” which is still in his possession. He did not paint again until the 1990’s, not because of frustration or
disenchantment of the medium, but photography which he had practised since 1952 took priority in both artistic and administrative capacities.
In 1984 Walter produced a pictorial photographic essay on Marlborough, the first of its kind.
By the early 1990s seeking fresh challenges in visual arts, Walter began with watercolour and then painting with soft pastels. He continued to use pastels into the first decade of this century. From then on Walter took up oil painting with the palette knife.
In the early days of photography, he learnt the value of the effect of light on shape, texture, shadows and patterns which make up the composition of any picture, he was also encouraged to develop the “seeing eye” and to be alert to visual stimuli at all times.
“There must always be interaction between the artist and the subject and this must be translated into an interaction between the painting and the viewer, so the painting successfully conveys the meaning the artist saw in the first instance.”
Walter has been devoted to administrative matters for the visual arts, in photographic and art societies and more recently with the formation of Pastel Artists of NZ, of which he is an
Honorary Fellow and the current Patron. In 2004 Walter was also elected a Life member of the Marlborough Art Society.
“These days, I have moved from being an enabler to encouraging emerging artists. I now devote my painting time to making an effort to producing works which are based on an idea or feeling I have gained from a subject, rather just a subjective presentation.”