Bachelor in Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1938; Master of Arts in English Literature, University of Wisconsin, 1940; postgraduate, California School Fine Arts, 1948-1951.
Visiting artist, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1960-1962; visiting artist, Maryland Institute, Baltimore, 1963-1967; visiting artist, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1967; head graduate and undergraduate painting, University of Illinois, 1968-1969.
1st Lieutenant United States Air Force, 1941-1944.
Married Jane Elton, 1942 (divorced 1951). Children: Jamie Ray Walker, Joya Conde. Married Magda Salvesen, July 29, 1976.