12 year old Candace Waters has severe autism, is non-verbal, unable to communicate through words, and has trouble interacting with others. But “Candy” lives in a bright and happy world. How do we know? She expresses what she thinks and how she feels through her paintings…and her visual messages on canvas are inspiring people from around the world.
Candace has a very unique colorful happy style of painting. She seems to know how colors blend together perfectly. When she paints she becomes very happy and laughs which is priceless. We are so proud that Candace is able to express herself through her art.
Candy’s parents, Robert and Sandy, are publicly sharing her art to raise awareness of her condition. Many of her pieces have been auctioned off to benefit autism charities with winning bids of over $1,000. Her work hangs in Park Ridge City Hall, Illinois Senator Dan Kotowski’s Chicago Office and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s Chicago Office. Candy’s paintings have also appeared in two art books Artism: The Art Of Autism and The Art of Autism: Shifting Perceptions. The University of California, Irvine featured Candy’s “Mr. Sun” painting on the cover of their summer 2013 issue to shed light on their efforts to help those affected by autism.
Impressed? You should be as Candy’s work is achieving the status most artists dream about…and she’s only 12!
Here is our gallery showing of her work…