Walter's academic journey commenced with earning his BFA from Colombia College in 1976 and concluded with his MFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1979. Walter opened his first studio in 1984 as as painter in New York City. As fate would have it, he had the chance to cover the walls of a prominent Manhattan apartment with his heavily patterned paintings. Setting in motion a long-lasting career.
After working in New York for nearly 15 years Walter moved his studio and his young family to Indianapolis in the early 90's. Today the studio houses both paper and fabric printing facilities as well as Walter's personal painting studio. Allowing for a certain blending of fine and functional art.
Walter has decorated high profile residences and his artwork can be found in the homes and offices of film, sports and music legends. In addition, Walter has also been the official artist for several high profile events, including the Indianapolis 500. Permanent installations can be found in numerous businesses all over the world. The Conrad Hotel in Indianapolis has incorporated Walter's artwork as a major focal point in many areas. Including the West Foyer, fondly referred to as the "Knabe Lobby".
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