Autistic Artist Candace Waters
Her Bright & Happy World

Candace Waters

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.

Candy Painting on the cover of UC Irvine Magazine

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…

Balloons by Candace Waters

Mr. Sun by Candace Waters

Stars by Candace Waters

Sunburst by Candace Waters


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About Jodi Murphy

I am the founder of Geek Club Books, autism storytelling through mobile apps for awareness, acceptance and understanding. My mission is to use the art of storytelling and technology to entertain and educate for the social good. I am a 'positive' autism advocate, mother of an awesome adult on the autism spectrum, lifestyle journalist, and marketing specialist.


  1. In writing this article, was it ever verified that these paintings are authentic?

    Among professionals, this appears to be a scam orchestrated by the parents for personal profit.

    Please see for further information.

    • Stacy, this is a post from a couple of years ago. At the time, I did research it as best I could. There was news footage and her art was hanging in some corporate offices.If the parents are scamming people that’s shameful but I personally have no knowledge either way.

      • Bummed out and disgusted to report that this has been determined to be a scam and it’s pretty clear that the little girl isn’t doing the painting.

        I even saw where the girl’s parents on facebook were trying to keep people from seeing the wordpress blog (candwatersautismartscam) and scaring people by saying “don’t click on it, it’s a virus!” and things like that. The mom and dad even doxxed the author of the blog, just to show how low they’ll go to create a diversion.

        What kind of people do that, if they don’t have anything to hide?
        It would be very simple to show that Candy creates the art.
        But they don’t.
        Because they can’t.
        Because Candy doesn’t create it.
        It’s a scam.


      • It is a pretty obvious scam. Not vetting it let them run wild and hurt the autism community.

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