|Walter Inglis Anderson was born in New Orleans in 1903. His mother was an artist, and passion for art, music, and literature strongly influenced him. He attained degrees from the Parsons Institute of Design in New York and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where his interests included poetry, science, history and art history. He also studied the major literary epics such as Homer and Virgil, which led a number of sketches based on their events.
A deeply private man, Walter Anderson found inspiration in the world around him. Though he was well-traveled, Anderson found solace on the gulf coast, and much of his work reflects this. Anderson spent a large portion of his later years on barrier island off of the coast of Mississippi, particularly Horn Island. Moreover, Anderson took what he learned from his solitude and turned it into unique watercolors, murals, and literature.