Walter Bell Currie was born in 1913, in Burnley Lancashire. From an early age he wanted to paint but spent most of his life as a commercial artist, working alongside his wife for forty years in the same attic studio. Together they produced the artwork for the advertising departments in Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and London. When advertising went photographic, they both returned to painting. Walter's increasingly naïve pastoral scenes with trademark 'humpy' hills, owe much to his son-in-law, George Frederick's influence, as well as Samuel Palmer and Thomas Bewick. He rejoiced in the versatility of acrylics, enjoying the freedom to paint. Joseph Arnold the card manufacturers took up with Walter and his wife, reproducing many of their paintings on cards. Living in rural Oxfordshire in his latter years he enjoyed numerous commissions - horses and riders, houses and dogs and his work is held in many private collections. Walter died in 1985.