Walter Massey was born in South Carolina. Surrounded by a large artistic family his art career began early as he learned to draw and paint with his grandmother. He later turned to more “structural” media in the building of intricate model ships, automobiles and airplanes and, eventually, to copying historic armor and weaponry.
While studying psychology, literature and art at university, Walter was drawn again to hands-on learning, and embarked on a self-styled course in the practical study of sculpture, beginning with metal casting and moving to other forms of metalsmithing. He came to favor working with copper and determined to develop a style outside the realm of traditional copper repoussé. He began by working on detailed figures from nature, constantly developing more and better ways to fabricate a wide variety of figures “in the round”. His work today is the result of using his experiences in structural work and training as a welder to develop his own techniques for producing metal sculpture of all sizes and shapes while bringing the typically “structural/functional” medium of copper more fully into the modern world of fine art. His current passions are subjects from nature in constructing organic forms of tree and branch and Pacific Northwest wild-life.
Walter’s work has been shown in various art centers, galleries, and shops on both the east and west coasts of the United States. Pieces are owned and displayed by private collectors in 30 states and 4 foreign countries. Some are on public display in Washington, Arizona, Connecticut, West Virginia, Texas, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.