Walter Bambrook was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on February 11, 1910. He remained a true native of Albuquerque until his death on June 1, 1984. He attended art school at the University of New Mexico and then studied for four years under noted New Mexico artist Carl von Hassler. Later in his life, he became an art instructor, teaching at UNM, Height's Community Club, and the Women's Club of Albuquerque. Throughout his career, Bambrook's focus was on capturing the landscape of his home state. He was an adventurous outdoorsman in his younger years and his far-ranging trips provided varied, myriad scenes for him to paint. His later years would find him on simple painting trips, either to sketch for future reference or to paint on-site. Recognition for his work came at a young age. He received his first award at the age of only thirteen from a national art show at the Chicago Art Institute. Later awards came from institutions including the Corcoran Gallery (Washington, DC), L.O.M. Sweat Memorial Museum (Portland, ME), the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and the Santa Fe State Museum. His work has also been exhibited at institutions including the White Memorial Museum (San Antonio, TX) and the High Plains Historical Museum (Canyon, TX). Additionally, Bambrook was a member of the Artists Equity and served as its national vice-president in 1969-70.