In 1927, Anderson received a fellowship to study art in Paris. While in Paris, he became inspired by the flower studies of Karl Blossfeldt. After returning from Paris, Anderson settled in Mississippi where he lived and worked for much of his life. Anderson, a regionalist artist, worked in a variety of media. He created large murals for public spaces in Mississippi, watercolor, linoleum block prints, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture. Anderson’s work can be seen in many notable museum collections including: the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Columbus Museum, Georgia; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; and the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Ocean Springs, Mississippi.