Walter L. Palmer studied art under Charles Elliott and F.E. Church, a member of the Hudson River School, in 1870. He was the son of sculptor Erastus Dow Palmer and is best known for his winter landscapes and scenes of Venice. Palmer exhibited regularly at the National Academy of Design for 60 years and was one of the first American artists to draw inspiration from Chinese and Japanese culture. Palmer lived in Albany and traveled several times to Europe. In 1899 he and his wife took an influential trip to Japan. Palmer's subtle color and controlled light have the characteristics of a Colorist with the amazing capacity for revealing the potential of snow in painting. His most well known painting "Silent Dawn" hangs at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC and shows snow laden tress near a still brook.