Jim Visser was born in Holland. His family immigrated to Canada and he grew up with his family on a farm near Edmonton. Jim remained on the family farm and created a successful seed potato production operation. His surrounding landscapes inspired him to study drawing, watercolour and oil painting in a fine arts extension program at the University of Alberta. While still remaining on the land, Jim stepped away from the operations in 1999 to fulfill his passion for painting. He is a member of The Alberta Society of Artists, Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC, as well as The Canadian Artists Representation Of Canada. Jim attended an artist residency at Emma Lake in 2002. He is represented in corporate and public collections across Canada. The prairie skies, fields and lakes remain his inspiration.
“My painting is a perception of light and space, of time and place. I am drawn to the unencumbered regions of the environment of the familiar, the sky as it meets the horizon and the canopy dance over the firmament. I want my interpretation of our prairies to express the mood suggested by the entrance of the light and the drama of the sky. The brushes to paper or canvas are my language of expression. My visual voice is a want to celebrate these fragments of moments and time.” Jim Visser