The Walter T. Foster Story Walter Foster was a well known artist and art collector. He was born in 1891 in Woodland Park, Colorado. In the 1920s, while running his own advertising agency, Walter began writing self-help art instruction books. He originally wrote, illustrated, printed, bound, packaged, shipped, and distributed them himself. The books were first produced in his home in Laguna Beach, California. In the 1960s, as his product line grew, he moved the operation to a large commercial facility, which allowed him to expand the company and achieve worldwide distribution. Walter passed away in 1981 at the age of 90. His legacy continues in a growing product line. Walter Foster Publishing now provides how-to books and kits to millions of enthusiastic artists worldwide who enjoy the rewards of learning to draw and paint. People who have never before picked up a paintbrush or drawing pencil have discovered their artistic talents through his easy-to-follow instruction books.