Dickie Waters’ Water World: Waterphones, Watercolors and Digital Paintings Opening Reception
September 27, 2018
Address: 1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
Phone: (228) 818-2878
Price: Free, donations welcomed.
Dickie Waters, September 19, 1935 - July 4, 2013
Waters grew up at Gulf Hills, taught water skiing there and became known throughout the south for his long jumps over the water. Later on in his life, he moved to Hawaii and developed interesting sound chimes and musical instruments using water. There was a wide demand for these instruments for use in soundtracks for many years.
"My mother gave me my first watercolor lesson when we lived in Bermuda. I was 11 years old. I went with her to paint on location about 3 or 4 times. My next painting lesson was from the mother of a close friend who was with us one day on a remote beach on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I was exposed to a wide range of the arts as my mother was a patron and hired people like Walter Anderson to do murals at the hotel in Ocean Springs, MS where I was raised. There were also musical groups and musicians who would perform nightly at the hotel lounge.
I did not paint again until my Junior year in college, when I switched my Major (for the 5th time) to fine arts. Up until that point my grades were terrible as I had little interest in the other subject matters. As soon as I began the art courses my grades picked up as did my attendance and I felt like I had found my niche. However, trying to make a living as an artist was beyond me at the time. After graduating, I received an offer to work for a chain of hotels (Jack Tar) and after graduation I worked in a number of locations in different capacities for this chain. At night, after work, I would paint until the wee hours of the morning. The more I painted, the more I realized I was unhappy in my current occupation even though the salary and work were good. So after a year or so, I resigned as assistant manager for a hotel in Biloxi, MS and left for California to develop my painting career. I first lived in Los Angeles and tried to break into the gallery scene there with no luck. I then moved to Sausalito and rented a half-sunken house boat as it was all I could afford. When I ran out of money, I worked as a dishwasher at Juanita’s Gallery at gate 5 in Sausalito. After painting rather intensively for a year I decided it would be best if I went to a good art school in the San Francisco Bay Area and selected the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland as my school. I spent two years there earning my Masters degree (MFA) and during that time expanded into sculpture and 3 dimensional paintings, specifically fiberglass wall reliefs."