Jim Visser was born in Holland. After the Second World War he immigrated with his family to Canada, settling into farming near Edmonton. In 1999 Jim retired from operating a seed potato farm and became a full time painter. From 1975 through the early 1990s, he studied drawing, printmaking and both watercolour and oil painting at the University of Alberta. In 2002 he attended an artist residency at Emma Lake. Visser is a member of the Alberta Society of Artists, Visual Arts Alberta—CARFAC, as well as The Canadian Artists Representation of Canada. He is represented in corporate and public collections, and has been featured in solo shows in Edmonton, Red Deer, St. Albert and Stony Plain.