Artist Curt Walters of Sedona, Arizona, is best known as a plein-aire impressionist. Recognized worldwide for his impeccable interpretation of the Grand Canyon, Art of the West magazine was first to herald him as the “Greatest Living Grand Canyon Artist” in 1997. Since then, Art of the West has gone on to include Walters as one of Eight True Masters, saying: “…many museums and collectors don’t feel their collections are complete unless they include a Walters’ painting.”
Walters has long had an eye–and desire–for art. When he was 14, his sister was given a paint set for her birthday. “It took me about two minutes to steal it from her,” he quips. From there, he took to copying the brushstrokes of the paintings on the walls of their New Mexican farmhouse, and at the age of 15, Walters sold his first piece.
Four years later, the fledgling young artist visited the Grand Canyon for the first time, and so began a lifelong love affair. “I get the same feeling today as I did that first time, thirty-five years ago.”