Artist Statement

My art is about capturing and sharing the essence of the landscape. It is about touching people, creating something that brings the viewer to a place, real or imagined, of peace and tranquility, playfulness or curiosity. With each painting, I invite you to step into the work and not just see the subject, but to elicit the response that lead him to paint that subject. Sometimes this connection to the subject is immediate for me, other times it develops over weeks, months, or even years before I find the right combination of factors - light, composition, mood - before I can attempt to express it on canvas.

I paint what moves me, in the hopes of moving others and sharing the experience. While I strive to express the emotion that drew me to the subject, sharing it with the viewer, I also seek to allow room for you to experience your own reaction and interpretation. For inspiration I look to the fields, farms, villages, forests, lakes and streams surrounding my home and across New England. Vermont supplies an endless diversity of seasons, weather, landscape, architecture, flora and fauna.

Working primarily in oils, my technique is rooted in a love of impressionism and its exploration of color and light. My personal style of painting journeys more towards realism, with the level of detail put into a painting reflecting a desire to capture what I see and feel, while keeping an impressionistic element that allows for emotional exploration and interpretation by the viewer. After spending several years as a graphic designer I turned to painting initially as a hobby. Now I paint full-time both outdoors and from my studio in Essex Vermont.


3 Cindy Lane, Essex, VT 05452
1960   Born, in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Currently resides in Essex, Vermont.

1985   B.S. University of Massachusetts, Boston 2000   
Certificate of Design, Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont
Solo Exhibitions
2021   The Many Shades of Autumn: Emile A. Gruppe Gallery,
           Jericho, Vermont

2019   Forest, Field & Stream: Emile A. Gruppe Gallery,
           Jericho, Vermont

2017   Changing Seasons: Emile A. Gruppe Gallery,
           Jericho, Vermont

2015   Tom Waters Selected Works: Vermont Red Cross,
           Burlington, Vermont

2015   Tom Waters Selected Works:
           Brownell Library, Essex, Vermont


Born in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1960, Tom Waters is an emerging artist working from his current home town of Essex Vermont. Art was always a part of his life, including painting lessons while in high school, art classes in college and private exploration. In his twenties and thirties his career involved technology management. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelors Degree majoring in Computer Science. Subsequently he worked in technology management for 15 years, and then returning to college to get his certificate in graphic design from Champlain College in 2000. The turn to graphic design in his forties was driven by the desire to engage in more artistic expression. Soon after turning 50 he made a serious commitment to fine art through painting.

Primarily self-taught, Tom was influenced by a range of artists from the French Impressionists, particularly Monet, to contemporaries like Andrew Orr, Mark Boedges, TM Nicholas, and many others. He furthered his training by attending workshops by, or painting with, celebrated artists TM Nicholas, Eric Tobin, Leo Mancini-Hresko, Becky Joy, Mark Boedges, Andrew Orr and Carolyn Walton.

Tom’s work is displayed at: Bryan Memorial Gallery Jeffersonville VT, Emile A. Gruppe Gallery Jericho VT, Sidoti Gallery of Fine Art Rockport MA, Village Frame Shop and Gallery Saint Albans VT, Arthound Gallery Essex VT; and includes acceptance into numerous juried shows at galleries such as the Lyme Art Association and Rockport Art Association. His work has also been included in many group exhibits throughout Vermont. Tom’s work has made its way into a number of private collections. Tom is a juried member of the Rockport Art Association.

Tom accepts private commissions.