A South Florida native, it would soon be revealed that he possessed a special gift at an early age. As he matured, he continued to excel at art but never really viewed fine art as a viable career option. Upon receiving his AA at a local junior college, he chose Florida State University where he completed his education in graphic design and fine art. Shortly after, he began working as a free lance graphic designer.
In 1991 Walt was stricken with a stress related condition known as spastic dysphonia. This would lead to losing his ability to speak. After voice rest and seeing the best ENT’s in the country, Peterson was faced was faced with a ‘game changer’. He came to the realization that it was time to defer to his God given talent. His transition into fine art portraiture required much less talking and more time working in solitude in the studio honing his skills. His passion drove his perseverance, paired with thousands of hours crafting his technique, allowing Walt to develop a lifelike realistic style.