Meet the artist: Candy Waters

Since I’ve started working at Easter Seals, I have seen time and time again the miracle and joy of the human experience on sheets of paper, canvas, blog posts and news articles that cross my inbox. They all share a desire to express and talk in their own way. Indeed, many artists have expressed that painting is poetry and poetry is painting, but with words.

Candy's Mr. Sun on the cover of UC Irvine's magazineToday’s post is the first in our “Meet the Artist” blog mini-series, and I am pleased to introduce one very talented girl in our “Meet The Artist” blog mini-series who paints pure poetry.

Candace Waters, or as she is fondly called, “Candy,” was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when she was two years old and reverted from toddler speech to saying virtually nothing at all. It was a devastating diagnosis to receive, her parents admitted, and there just wasn’t a lot of information out there about the disorder back then.

They worked to connect with their daughter over music, and Candy’s father, Robert even wrote a song about her that is now used at many autism centers, including Candy’s school, Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago’s Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research.

“When words fail, music and art speak,” Sandy Waters, Candy’s mother, says. “Music and art is a must for autism.” Music is a wonderful way to connect with children, disability or no. And while Candy may not sing along with the rest of the family, she is still singing in her own way. Candy uses a different language to “talk” and “sing.” She doesn’t use words. She talks with a pencil or brush. It’s a more visual language.

Candy’s artwork has been featured on several Chicago news segments, including one on WCIU TV and another on Fox Chicago News.

Look at the pieces Candy has created, and you can almost hear her happily chatting away. Each song she has sung is captured in a painting of a warm sun or high balloon. Candy’s artwork sells in galleries for between $500 and $800, and half of the proceeds go to charities that help people with autism. Visit Candy’s Facebook page to learn more about – and see more examples of — her amazing art.


 

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  1. Ro Says:

    I also agree with the comment that this child did not create the art that her parents are selling and displaying. The only video of her painting (published on youtube, 2013) does not show the motor skills, precision, or color knowledge someone would need to make the paintings presented as hers. The photos (on Facebook) never show her in the process of creating, except for one, where the art is almost finished – but there is no paint on the brush(?!) that she is holding as though she is still working on the painting. Other photos show her scribbling back and forth, but nothing as controlled and precise as the florals or fireworks that are being sold on their Zazzle website.

    As the caretaker of a profoundly Autistic, non-verbal person myself, I recognize that Candy appears to have a similar lack of fine motor skills as our child, who can only swish a paintbrush back and forth, like the way Candy does in her only video. It is sadly unlikely that she is creating her art independently, and even sadder that her parents using her Autism for profit and sponsorship by celebrities. Please investigate. I hope I’m wrong. But there are so many red flags and I would hate to see her exploited if her parents are misrepresenting her abilities.


  2. Adam Moore Says:

    I believe Candy Waters’s should be investigated, after speaking with 2 different art therapists, they agree the drawings weren’t done by her. If you watch the video below, it’s easy to deduce this is a scam. Of the 10 examples I showed them,both commented that her use of repetitive images along with advanced color theory make it clear this work isn’t hers. I suggest that Easter Seal investigate this.

    Sincerely-
    Adam Moore

    (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bso4a3CshTA


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