Frank Walterson, (d. March 29th 2008) artist and cartoonist, was a West Burrafirth man who for many years a travelling art teacher on the westside of Shetland. Frankie's kind tuition and blyde nature warmed many an austere classroom, but he also was substantial artist whose body of work is as yet unappreciated.
He is best known for his superb quarterly cartoons in The New Shetlander which made the arrival of the latest edition a memorable event, and these have won him a place of the deepest affection in Shetland's culture.
Perhaps his finest work are his illustrations to the classic comic tales of Joseph Gray's Lowrie, for here his superb draftmanship finds a ready subject, sympathetic to Walterson's innate sense of fun. His illustrations in the 1979 re-issue of Rasmie's Büddie by Haldane Burgess are also first rate.
Books by Frank Walterson
- Shetland Tang, an anthology of poems and prose on the theme of Shetland by primary school children, illustrated by Frank Walterson, 1972
- Gaf It Aff