Meet the artist: Candy Waters

*Please note: The production and publication of Candace Waters’ personal artwork has no affiliation with Easter Seals.

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.


 

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  1. Timeline – Candy Waters Autism Art – SCAM? Says:

    […] Meet Dr. Gatto […]


  2. Opal Leigh Says:

    …. Where is the cyberbully? Desperate people do desperate things. That website is just, embarrassing. Posting videos of her painting only proves that she isn’t capable of what they were selling.


  3. Robert Waters Says:

    This is our response to our daughter’s Cyberbully that is harassing our family.

    https://candywatersautismartist.wordpress.com/


  4. Helen K. Says:

    There is no cyberbully. There are; however, many people questioning the legitimacy of the art Candy Waters is supposedly creating. Even more now that we can clearly see that what the child is painting is CLEARLY not what the family is selling ALL over the Internet.


  5. Miles Says:

    Who is the Cyberbully?


  6. Robert Waters Says:

    We have a cyberbully.

    https://candywatersautismartist.wordpress.com/


  7. Miranda Bailey Says:

    After questioning why the art the child is painting vs what they are selling, the Waters family deleted my comments and blocked me from commenting as well! This is clearly some sort of fraudulent scam. Clearly, it’s a ticking time bomb. They’ve incriminate themselves publicly. It’s only downhill from her for them. 🙁


  8. Heidi Says:

    I’m an artist and WAS a fan of candy’s art

    As an artist I innocently commented on her Facebook page how I would love to see a video of Candy creating. When I found out later my comment was deleted and that I was no longer able to comment on her posts , I kept thinking, WHY?
    Then it came to me that this just might be a fraud

    I see them selling on Zazzle and if this isn’t truly Candy’s work they are probably also commiting IRS fraud , not to mention the exploitation of a disabled minor.

    Let’s just how we’re wrong, but sadly I don’t think so


  9. Jacob Brease Says:

    This is a sad abuse of a special child. I hope the interstate authorities apprehend these parents and charge them with fraud.


  10. Helen K. Says:

    Wow. They posted videos of the child painting. Holy crud that child is not painting the delicate baloney *they* claim she is. What a bunch of bovine feces. Man, they probably shouldn’t have posted those videos. Lol. Wow.


  11. Myra Dole Says:

    I don’t know why this family continues to promote was is clearly not this child’s artwork. The sad part is, the world wouldn’t care what it looked like provided it was truly painted by the child with autism. Such a shame. There was so much potential for this family to make an impact on the autism community. Now it looks like they’re just frauds selling snake oil under the guise of autism. 🙁


  12. DMC Says:

    “Dr.GATTO” so you have a PHD in “art” and also practice Medicine?? Is that correct? You do know A PHD in “Art” doesn’t give you the qualifications to be a Medical Doctor, or therapist? You should have probably done alittle more research into that before you start throwing around claims to help add creditability to a story. I Would love to know where you practice, seeing I’m the Medical Field myself.


  13. Miles Says:

    “Doctor”/”Dr” Gatto, where did you study? What exactly is your accreditation? Can I speak to you by phone since you seem to devote much of your time to tracking and posting on here


  14. Helen K. Says:

    Having watched the latest videos of Candy swirling pain on a page, I am now more convinced than ever that this is a BIG, FAT SCAM. Clearly the Waters’ are getting desperate as they have just provided the police, Interstate Crimes, BBB and Attorney General with PROOF that their daughter is not truly making (Or able to make) the art they are selling. This is a disgusting abuse of the term, “Autism Art” and the parents have dug themselves into a hole. Good luck, Waters’ family. Your ship is taking on water (Pun intended) and going down. We’re beyond plugging the holes now.


  15. T. Teller Says:

    After watching the two videos posted by the Waters’ family, how can anyone actually think that this beautiful young woman is painting these pictures? Bloggers unite. It’s time to #savecandywaters.


  16. Dr. Gatto Says:

    As I said before. Do not listen this one person making up many different to seem like many. This person needs mental help. This person is extremely jealous of Candy’s amazing talent and popularity.

    Candy I have seen you paint and worked with you. I have a PhD in Art and in my professional opinion Candy is doing a great job painting and she is very talented.

    Keep up the great work Candy and family. Thank you

    Doctor Gatto


  17. PJ Says:

    Oh Easter Seals, how can you align yourself with someone that clearly has a lot of question marks associated with them? Her behavior on here is immature, as well as on the medical Facebook group I belong to. Seriously, she blocked me because I asked her if she has the same disease I have! In my opinion, you are promoting a deeply disturbed woman and it is her daughter that will suffer.


  18. Helen K. Says:

    I wish we could see a video of the child painting a piece that is for sale. Clearly what she’s been videotaped painting is not of the same caliber that is for sale. I smell fraud.


  19. Sandra Martineau Says:

    This is a new video of Candy Waters painting.
    March 16 2016.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=2ast-3-kPpo


  20. Dr. Gatto Says:

    Do not listen to these people Candy and family they are extremely jealous of Candy’s amazing talent and popularity.

    To Candy’s parents please do not send anyone a video of Candy. It is very disturbing for strangers to request a video of a child. This is very odd indeed.

    Candy I have seen you paint and worked with you. I have a PhD in Art and in my professional opinion Candy is doing a great job painting and she is very talented.

    Keep up the great work Candy and family. Thank you

    Doctor Gatto


  21. Sandy Waters Says:

    We have a stalker who posted on this thread. It’s not my style to give attention to people who cyberbully and harass people with disabilities and their families. But this person is particularly relentless and vicious. Please if you see any negative posts on this page about my daughter Candy ignore them. There are many different identities this person is using. We pray for this person and hope they get the mental help that they need.

    Faith, Love & Hope

    Sandy


  22. Roger Says:

    Stacy, thank you for answering my question.
    After watching that I do agree that the artwork that I saw for sale looks nothing like what is being painted in the video.
    Is this the only video available? Typically artists have many videos of them working and I don’t see how this is an odd request. Perhaps Iris Grace’s work would be a better option.
    Thank you.


  23. Sandy Waters Says:

    We have a stalker who posted on this thread. It’s not my style to give attention to people who cyberbully and harass people with disabilities and their families. But this person is particularly relentless and vicious. Please if you see any negative posts on this page about my daughter Candy ignore them. There are many different identities this person is using. We pray for this person and hope they get the mental help that they need.

    Faith, Love & Hope

    Sandy Waters~Candy’s Mom


  24. Kristen Says:

    Sandy you are mistaken, this is not one person like you are saying .
    There are a large grupe of individuals who believe Candy is not behind the art you push , My oldest son has autism so please don’t say I’m bullying the autistic children or community. You’ve lied on this thread posing as Dr.Gatto.
    Sandy regardless of what lies you try to use to keep your followers in the dark you can’t bully or intimate us . This will not go away until you prove the validity of the Art you sell , that’s all the public wants .


  25. Sandy Waters Says:

    We have a stalker who posted on this thread. It’s not my style to give attention to people who cyberbully and harass people with disabilities and their families. But this person is particularly relentless and vicious. Please if you see any negative posts on this page about my daughter Candy ignore them. There are many different identities this person is using. We pray for this person and hope they get the mental help that they need.

    Faith, Love & Hope

    Sandy Waters~Candy Waters Mom


  26. Stacy Says:

    Hi. I looked this up and there is a facebook page they manage.

    The video of the child is pinned to the top so that should help clear up things.

    It is illegal to impersonate a doctor if you don’t have such accreditation…


  27. Kristen Says:

    Thank Dr.Gatto ,
    With every submission to this blog you just reaffirm how bogus you are.


  28. Dr. Gatto Says:

    Do not listen to these people Candy and family they are extremely jealous of Candy’s amazing talent and popularity.

    To Candy’s parents please do not send anyone a video of Candy. It is very disturbing for strangers to request a video of a child. This is very odd indeed.

    Candy I have seen you paint and worked with you. I have a PhD in Art and in my professional opinion Candy is doing a great job painting and she is very talented.

    Keep up the great work Candy and family. Thank you

    Dr. Gatto


  29. Kristen Says:

    Ok I’m gonna say what I’m pretty sure we’re all thinking …
    STOP with the Dr. Gatto … I feel pretty confident in saying he’s made up , and I wouldn’t put anything past Sandy or Robert with the way they have handled themselves thus far…
    You neglect to address any of the reasonable questions asked .
    IF by chance there really was a “Dr.Gatto you’d be taking quit a risk with your reputation defending something that has never been proven.. that I’ve seen anyway .
    What doctor would do that ….?
    Where did you attend school ..
    Where did you receive your “PhD ”
    How is it no one else has seen this video ..? Or better yet, WHY CAN NO ONE SEE IT NOW ??


  30. CBirm Says:

    “Dr. Gatto” with a “PhD in art” (lol) could not have seen a video of Candy painting the art that is being reproduced and merchandised, because a video does not exist. If there was one, the parents would be showing it with pride to prove that their kid is really making the art.
    It doesn’t take a fake doctorate to see that it’s a scam.
    The PhD thing is pretty funny, though.


  31. Dr. Gatto Says:

    I have seen the video of Candy painting. Also, I have a PhD in Art and in my professional opinion Candy is doing great job painting.

    Keep up the great work Candy and family.

    Thank you

    Dr. Gatto


  32. Roger Says:

    Can I see the video of Candy painting? I would like to see it for myself. Please tell me where I can find it. I am interested in buying her work for our hospital’s lobby.

    Thank you.


  33. Dr. Gatto Says:

    I have seen the video of Candy painting. Also, I have a PhD in Art and in my opinion Candy is doing great job. Keep up the great work Candy and family.

    Thank you

    Dr. Gatto


  34. Amy Says:

    I’ve been reading that Candy’s work may be a scam. Where are the videos showing this girl producing the work being sold?


  35. Kristen Says:

    Dr. Gatto , I would also love to know where your practice is located , perhaps you could leave a way to contact you. Thank you.


  36. Kristen Says:

    Dear Dr.Gatto
    Could you please provide this video of Candy Waters painting ?
    Many of us have tried asking Sandy Waters her mother how she makes these painting , we would love to see Candy in action, unfortunately Sandy responded by blocking me on Facebook along with anyone else who asked to see Candy paint . https://candywatersautismartscam.wordpress.com/


  37. Dr. Gatto Says:

    I have seen the video of Candy painting. Also, I have a PhD in Art and in my opinion Candy is doing a great job.

    Thank you

    Dr. Gatto


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