Jim Waters

Boston

“When I paint, I’m someplace else good.”

Navy veteran Jim Waters has begun a new chapter in his life as an artist. After a series of misfortunes, including the death of his wife, Jim felt as if he was experiencing life behind a “dark curtain.”

Jim’s path took a fortunate turn when he met artist Diana Rice, the Project Coordinator at a Boston-area arts studio for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities called Outside the Lines (OTL). Diana taught Jim the basics of drawing, and since their initial encounter, Jim has become an active member of the OTL community. He is currently enrolled in several art classes and spends a significant portion of his free time at the OTL studio, working on his paintings and playing his guitar. Creating art has given Jim a strong sense of purpose and a renewed vigor to make the most of his life.

“Each day brings you a little closer to the next world, and I hope to keep on painting and writing and playing music until I can’t do it anymore.”

Jim grew up in North Cambridge, just outside of Boston. Looking back, Jim recognizes that art played a more significant role in his life than he fully realized at the time. In his earliest years of school, art was Jim’s favorite subject. Although he did not think of himself as a “color-book kid,” he enjoyed expressing himself. When he was in the seventh grade, he participated in a contest at the Catholic Archdiocese. His entry, a portrait of Jesus created out of only black poster paint entitled “Suffering,” won an honorable mention. Jim eventually dropped out of school, joined the Navy and later the Merchant Marines, and lived what he describes as a very “destructive lifestyle.”

In the early 1980s, Jim attempted to make a change. He and his girlfriend went to New Orleans on the promise of a new opportunity, but they were robbed and lost their savings. Jim explains that painting helped him find a sense of peace until the couple was able to return to Boston.

“I had one of those cheap watercolor trays and some paper, and spent hours painting pictures. That alone helped me keep it together during our stay in the Big Easy.”

When Jim lost his wife twelve years later, he once again sought refuge in painting. Jim explains that he finds peace while creating art.

“It gets me out of reality and into a zone where I don't have to think about anything else."

Jim has been thriving within his new community at OTL. According to the program coordinator Diana Rice, “His studio mates are always happy to see him. People are inspired by his work, and his seriousness about painting has influenced many. He offers them real friendship, stories, feedback on their art, and shares his music.”

Jim observes that continuing his journey as an artist by joining the ArtLifting platform has made his life significantly better and “increased its value.” Jim is grateful for the opportunity to have his work viewed by a larger audience and to those who are interested in his work.

“It’s nice to be appreciated.”

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Prints by Jim Waters

Bourbon Street Saturday Night
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Gypsy Family Making Camp
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Hedgehog
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Louisiana Bayou Lake 1
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Louisiana Bayou Lake 2
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Louisiana Bayou Print
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Marie Laveau Print
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Mary Magdalen Print
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

People in a Forest
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 1
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 10
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 11
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 12
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 13
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 14
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 15
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 2
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 3
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 4
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 5
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 6
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 7
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 8
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Untitled 9
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Village on the Water (France)
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Village on the Water (Mississippi)
Jim Waters

From $ 75.00

Originals by Jim Waters

Bourbon Street
Jim Waters

$ 1,500.00

Bourbon Street Saturday Night
Jim Waters

$ 1,500.00

Gypsy Family Making Camp
Jim Waters

$ 1,500.00

Louisiana Bayou Lake 1
Jim Waters

$ 1,500.00

Louisiana Bayou Lake 2
Jim Waters

$ 1,500.00

Marie Laveau
Jim Waters

$ 1,500.00

Mary Magdalen
Jim Waters

$ 1,500.00

Untitled 1
Jim Waters

$ 1,000.00

Untitled 10
Jim Waters

$ 1,000.00

Untitled 13
Jim Waters

$ 1,000.00

Untitled 15
Jim Waters

$ 1,400.00

Untitled 5
Jim Waters

$ 1,100.00

Untitled 7
Jim Waters

$ 1,200.00

Posters by Jim Waters

Hedgehog
Jim Waters

$ 30.00

Untitled 11 Poster
Jim Waters

$ 30.00

Products by Jim Waters

Untitled 1 Greeting Card
Jim Waters

$ 25.00

Untitled 1 Tote Bag
Jim Waters

$ 35.00

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