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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