On this week’s edition of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-At-Large Marshall Ramsey interviews popular watercolorist Wyatt Waters. 

Known for his watercolors of Southern culture, Wyatt Waters is a watercolor master who works solely on location – preferring the challenges that both plein air and watercolor present. Waters’ works have been featured in Art & AntiquesAmerican ArtistPlein Air, and Watercolor. His artwork can be found in both private and corporate collections. A recipient of the Mississippi Governor’s Award for artistic excellence, Wyatt has had numerous solo exhibitions at museums, such as the Mississippi Museum of Art, The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, the Meridian Museum of Art and the Jackson Municipal Gallery.

He and chef Robert St. John have collaborated on four books – A Southern Palate,Southern PalateAn Italian Palate, and most recently, A Mississippi Palate. He received the MS Institute of Arts & Letters Award for An Oxford Sketchbook and the MS Library Association Special Award for Art for his collaboration with Robert St. John, on A Southern Palate. 

Additionally, Waters and St. John co-hosted Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s popular Palate to Palette series for five seasons, which chronicled their travels and culinary and artistic experiences across Mississippi and Italy. 

Trading international travel for the travel trailer life, Wyatt and his wife, Kristi, are documenting their travels with Wyatt’s watercolors of the Southeast for a new book, scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2022.

All of Wyatt’s work is available through the Wyatt Waters Gallery in Clinton, Mississippi.


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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.