WALTER GRAHAM painted this mural at the Rocky Reach Dam. Raised in Chicago, he began his art career in 1922 when he entered the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He became an illustrator for Street and Smith Publishers which included works for "Western Story," "Western Life," and "Appaloosa News." In 1939, he helped form a commercial art studio in Chicago. He later sold his interest in the commercial art studio and moved west where commissions for paintings, murals, and sculpture were frequent.
Walter Graham was a prolific painter, a savvy businessman, and respected artist. Born in Toledo, Illinois in 1903. In 1999 Walter received the Governors Arts Award for his outstanding service to the cultural life of the State of Washington. At age 96 he was still painting in his Wenatchee studio. A resident artist of the Wenatchee Valley for 50 years, Walter Graham passed away May 5, 2000.
His murals adorn the walls at Pangborn Airport, Alcoa Wenatchee Works, Rocky Reach Dam and many other public buildings.
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