Albert Herter was a member of a distinguished American family and a talented artist. He was a native of New York.
Herter's family had been involved in the arts since his childhood, the proprietors of the Herter Brothers interior design company. Herter was primarily a painter, a portrait artist and a mural artist of much acclaim.
Herter studied at the Art Students League in New York and abroad in Paris. His commissions often came from wealthy clients and organizations, such as the Daughters of the American Revolution. That organization paid him a commission of $10,000 to provide a backdrop for the Denver Auditorium, which featured patriotic figures such as Washington and Franklin.
Albert Herter is particularly well known for his murals. He painted a series of seven murals in San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel. They are now in storage following a 1971 remodeling. His murals also grace the walls of the National Academy of Sciences, the Los Angeles Public Library, the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts State House.
Despite his deep East Coast connections, Herter spent much of his time with his wife in California, at a family estate called "El Mirasol" in Santa Barbara. The mansion's location is today a park.