The theme of the beach and its inhabitants is reminiscent of my childhood summers spent at the beach. The natural world of the seashore is an ideal place to contemplate life. It provides a simple, clarifying backdrop for the figure and represents a metaphor for life. I seek to capture specific moments of contemplation, discovery, freedom, joy — unobserved moments preserved. I aim to peer inside and find meaning in these moments, examining the inner essence to create a dialogue about our universal experiences.
My intention is to elevate a particular moment so it is not forgotten or unnoticed. This recognizes the fact that everything moves and changes – the persistence of movement and the passage of time. Although I may think about people and places in a certain way, this mental picture no longer exists in reality as everything is constantly changing. My paintings freeze transient moments while recalling the fleeting nature
Known for her figurative seaside and underwater oil paintings, Claudia Waters earned a B.F.A. from
Parsons School of Design and studied painting at the Art Students League and the Yard School of Art.
Waters’ paintings have been exhibited extensively in national and regional exhibitions. Venues include the New Jersey State Museum, Steinberg Museum of Art at Hillwood, Butler Institute of American Art, Arnot Art Museum, Edward Williams Gallery at Fairleigh Dickinson University, City Without Walls, Arts Guild of Rahway, Attleboro Arts Museum, George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University, and Court Gallery at William Patterson University.
In 2010 Waters’ had a solo exhibition, “Persistence of Vision,” at Edward Williams Gallery at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her painting, When You Were Young 3, was part of the 2010 New Jersey Arts
Annual: Fine Art, Reality + Artifice, at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.
A solo exhibition, “Unobserved Moments Preserved,” at Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters
Gallery, New Brunswick, N.J., took place in 2012.
“Claudia Waters: The Figure in Motion,” featured over 30 paintings at Steinberg Museum of Art at
Hillwood, LIU Post, Brookville, N.Y., in 2013. Barbara Applegate was the curator for the exhibition.
Waters’ painting, Running Conversation, received the Allied Artists of America Award at the 71st
National Midyear Show at The Butler Institute of American Art. Laughing Gull received a finalist award
in the animal/wildlife category of The Artist’s Magazine’s 25th Annual Art Competition.
Her paintings have been Calendar Highlights in the Metropolitan Section of the New York Times on
three occasions. Numerous arts cover articles about the artist written by Joan Finn have been published in The Montclair Times.
Claudia Waters lives and works in Montclair, N.J. Her paintings are in numerous private collections.