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Jim Waid: The Visceral Realist

“My paintings are enactments of the world around me...step right in!”

We do not change because of what we know, we change because what we feel about what we know. Having an emotional experience with something created by an artist can make a difference. Jim Waid, a Tucson artist, who is in major museums including New York Museum of Modern Art, is celebrating a career of more than 40 years. He paints a visceral world bursting with life, filled with light and energy. His paintings change what we feel about the Sonoran Desert. His dreamy landscapes refence Abstract Expressionism, Color Field paintings and Victorian botanicals. Each brush stroke and color reflect a moment under Southwest's vast blue sky. Experiencing a Jim Waid painting in person means entering the mysterious world of Sonoran Desert’s exuberant fauna and walking under the shimmering Mesquite trees. Jim says, “my paintings are enactments of the world around me.” He invites all “to step right in!”

Producer: Özlem Ayşe Özgür
Videographer: Robert Lindberg, Özlem Ayşe Özgür, Diana Cadena
Editor: Robert Lindberg

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