Walter Alan Waltsak is a contemporary American impressionist painter. He attended the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey, the Newark School of Fine Arts, and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Waltsak's paintings are influenced by Frank DuMond, of the 20th century American Impressionists. Waltsak’s mission in painting is to “achieve nature” on the canvas; to paint the ever-changing light and shadow of a landscape. He has been exhibited at the Hastings on Hudson Museum and at the Ridgewood Juried Show, where he won an award in 2002. Not only is he an accomplished painter, but also a notable woodworker. He has made furniture for the sets of Broadway’s hit productions “Wicked” and “Fortune’s Fool”.