Herbert Waters (1903-1996), the son of Baptist missionaries, was born in China. He moved to the United States after completing high school, studied at Denison University, and then did post-graduate work at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Harvard University. In 1933, he settled in New Hampshire with his wife, Bertha. He worked as an artist and as an art teacher at the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project and taught at the University of New Hampshire, Holderness School, and at Alderson-Broaddus College. Waters was especially talented at wood engraving, with many works featuring the local landscape. His work can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, among others. He made his final engravings during 1992, four years before his death.