Myers was born in 1958 in southern Indiana. For as long as he
can remember Walter enjoyed drawing, especially pictures of
dinosaurs and monsters. At age seven, Walter became enamored
with astronomy after coming across a single volume from a
children’s encyclopedia set (a family friend had found the book
in the garage of a house they had just purchased). The book
featured photo-realistic illustrations of the planets of the
Solar System. They were like nothing he’d ever seen before.
Around that same time a friend had a book
with fanciful illustration by space artist Chesley Bonestell of
astronauts walking the surface of a moon of Saturn, with Saturn
itself looming huge on the horizon. To Walter that was the most
beautiful scenario he could imagine—to be walking the surface of
a world with Saturn dominating the sky. Over the next few years
he made hundreds of space art pencil drawings.
Walter became concerned about realism in
space art, preferring objective and science-based photorealism
to expressionism. In 1968 he had the good fortune to see Stanley
Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey when it was released in the
original 3-projector Cinerama format. 2001 heightened his
interest in space exploration and appreciation for the aesthetic
of otherworldly wildernesses.
Walter’s sole medium today is computer
graphics created on standard desktop computers. Prior to
discovering computer graphics, he worked in pencil, then oil
paints, water colors and acrylics. While some artists did—and
still do—flourish in these traditional mediums, Walter
personally never found them well-suited to the photorealistic
space art he pursued. It wasn’t until high-end computer graphics
software became available for the home computer in the latter
1990s that he finally found a medium that, by easily rendering
straight lines and elegant circles, met his needs.
Currently residing in the Chicago area,
Walter is an artist member of the International Association of
Astronomical Artists (IAAA) and his work has been published in
books, magazines, posters, websites, television, CDs/DVDs, and
framed for gallery showings.