Artist Statement

My art is about touching people, creating something that brings the viewer to a place, real or imagined, of peace and tranquility, playfulness or curiosity.

When I paint I try to capture a feeling. That feeling may be nostalgia, serenity, comfort, happiness, curiosity, wonder … creating art that allows the viewer to momentarily forget everyday stress and escape to another place.

Working primarily in oils, but also in acrylics, my technique is rooted in a love of impressionism and its exploration of color and light, with a strong leaning towards realism. I find the level of detail I put into a painting reflects my desire to capture what I see and feel, while keeping an impressionistic element that allows for emotional exploration and interpretation.

My inspiration is the outdoor world around me. I fell in love with my home state of Vermont and it has become my primary muse. My paintings may capture a mood, or an interesting object, a pattern of light and color. It may be the way light falls, shadows are cast, the landscape unfolds, or colors harmonize. Its whatever moves me. I hope to express that emotion that drew me to the subject, sharing it with the viewer, while allowing them to experience their own reaction and interpretation.


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
2015   Tom Waters Selected Works: Vermont Red Cross,
           Burlington, Vermont 2015   Tom Waters Selected Works:
           Brownell Library, Essex, Vermont
Juried Shows

2016   New England Landscape Invitational, Lyme Art Association, Lyme CT
           “NVAA Annual Show” Visions Of Vermont, Jeffersonville, Vermont
           “The Healing Power of Art” Southern Vermont Arts Center
           in Manchester, VT.
           “Art + Soul” Dunkiel Saunders, Burlington Vermont
2015   “NVAA Annual Show” Visions Of Vermont, Jeffersonville, Vermont
           “Romancing the Garden” Bryan Memorial Gallery,
           Jeffersonville, Vermont
           “Inside Out” Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville Vermont
2014   “Art + Soul” Dunkiel Saunders, Burlington Vermont

2016   Northern Vermont Artist Association Annual Juried Show
           Artist Choice Award   “Streaming Autumn Light” (oil)
2015   Northern Vermont Artist Association Annual Juried Show
           First Place – Acrylics   “Old Guard”
2015   Champlain Valley Fair
           First Place – Acrylics   “Old Guard”
           Honorable Mention – Acrylics   “All Mine”
           Honorable Mention – Oil   “Impressionist Birch”
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016   Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, Jericho, Vermont
           Visions Of Vermont, Jeffersonville, Vermont
           T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier, Vermont
           Fletcher Free Library, Burlington Vermont
           Phoenix Bookstore, Essex Vermont
2015   Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, Jericho, Vermont
           Visions Of Vermont, Jeffersonville, Vermont
           Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, Vermont
           Unsworth Gallery, Essex, Vermont
           Phoenix Bookstore, Essex, Vermont
2014   Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, Jericho, Vermont
           Grand Isle Artworks, Grand Isle, Vermont
           “Art Hop”, Burlington, Vermont
           Phoenix Bookstore, Essex, Vermont
           Jericho Red Mill, Jericho, Vermont
           Champlain Valley Fair, 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. Initially self-taught, Tom was influenced by a range of artists from the Impressionists, particularly Monet, to contemporaries like Andrew Orr, Mark Boedges, and many others. He furthered his training by attending workshops by, or painting with, celebrated artists Aline Ordman, Becky Joy, Mark Boedges, Andrew Orr and Carolyn Walton. He continues working with Andrew Orr for his ongoing artistic development.

Tom’s work has been displayed at area gallery shows, including at Bryan Memorial Gallery , Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, Visions of Vermont, and Grand Isle Artworks; and includes acceptance into numerous juried shows. 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 member of the Essex Art League, and Northern Vermont Art Association.

Tom is currently building his body of work while simultaneously taking private commissions.