Morris Walton Leader was born in Marshall, Texas in 1877. He died in Austin, Texas where he lived since a young boy. He studied with San Antonio Artists Harry Anthony DeYoung, P.L. Hohnstedt as well as many other listed Texas Artists. He specialized in Texas Landscapes mostly near Austin. He did many creek scenes especially in the Austin Area. His paintings were exhibited at the Witte Museum in the early 1930s. He also exhibited his works in the Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition as well as many other venues.