Why did it take over a year and a half* for video footage to be released of Candy painting—and extreme measures from Sandy and Robert who both harassed people (including those with autism and special needs families) on/offline that dared to question the authenticity of the art (stalking and locating their personal addresses, employers and family in the process to deliberately smear them)—when a simple unedited video showing Candy at work would have laid any concerns to rest immediately if the Zazzle art were in fact authentic?
*this may span earlier, however, due to mass deleting by Sandy Waters, the earliest example that could be publicly recovered appears on twitter, a platform that does not allow other’s posts to be removed by Sandy Waters.
February 8, 2015*
Twitter user @GingerosityXOXO posts the following question on a public forum that is not moderated by Candy Waters Autism Artist
— Brittany Willard (@GingerosityXOXO) February 8, 2015
June 27, 2015
June 2015 – January 2016
Hundreds of people politely question the work, in groups, on the Candy Waters Autism Artist page, often simply asking if there are any videos of the artist at work. These comments are deleted by Sandy/Robert Waters and the user is banned when she is able to do so. If she is unable to delete their comment, she deletes the entire post so the comments disappear along with it.
Sandy Waters posts the artwork in Facebook group “ARTISTS TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING CREATING ART”. Anyone asking about process gets blocked. A discussion takes place within the group between special needs parents. Sandy Waters joins the conversation under her fake profile FRED JOHNSON and immediately harasses everyone for discussing the work. The group’s admin is also threatened with legal action if the posts aren’t removed. You can see the posts below. Only FRED JOHNSON’s are missing because Sandy Waters disabled the profile.
BACKGROUND: This same profile was used by Sandy Waters to harass her former grade school classmates when they requested she not continually spam their alumni page with the artwork, as it was irrelevant to the group’s theme. She was shunned from the group and proceeded to ambush them under her alias, FRED JOHNSON.
This blog emerges for continued public discourse for informative purposes in hopes of resolving unanswered questioned that would otherwise be deleted on the Candy Waters Autism Artist Facebook page.
Sandy and Robert Waters begin commenting this blog under their name as well as aliases “Liz”, “Joe” and “Candy” (all from the same IP Address).
Sandy and Robert Waters proceed to research, cyber stalk, and harass a commenter of the blog, locating her address, phone number, and resume. The Waters each proceed to contact over a decade’s worth of employers, past and present, to smear her, going so far as to brand her a pedophile to her colleagues and business associates. They demand the individual’s immediate termination from employment and threaten to boycott businesses, picket events, and launch defamatory pages if the employers do not concede.
Sandy Waters uses her fake profile JOHN BRAND to run a smear campaign directly on this individual’s own business page, falsely declaring her as a pedophile and fraud publicly.
Sandy and Robert Waters are served an official Cease and Desist (unlike the myriad of fake cease and desist letters they self-issue) from law enforcement.
Sandy and Robert Waters continue to pursue the individual indirectly by targeting her family, which they personally scope out via internet searches. Sandy and Robert Waters create blogs and boycott pages against this individual and her business relationships as well as over a handful of other autistic artists and their families. All of this information is documented and preserved with screenshots and page caches but will not be posted here for respect of the privacy of those in Sandy and Robert Waters’ crossfire.
Legal investigations are in place and certain information cannot be disclosed. Ironically all blogs Sandy Waters created and smear campaigns are abruptly removed at the close of one investigation.
Sandy Waters continues to impersonate a doctor in order to add fictitious credibility to the work they advertise as Candy’s.
“He” regurgitates the same canned response and alludes to the mere request of video of Candy at work as promoting pedophilia.
An actual former therapist of Candy’s speaks out with beliefs that the art is a scam.
Sandy and Robert Waters post the first new video of Candy painting in 3 years. The video is edited and does not show Candy as the artist making the close up strokes. It appears to be a switch off to another person.
Sandy Waters still continues to impersonate “Dr Gatto” and utilizes a myriad of other fictitious aliases online including:
Mary Mitchell, John Brand, Saffron Burrows, Karen Miller, Ana Rodriquez, and more to promote, complement, and engage with the work. The profiles are reported as fake and Facebook freezes many for ID verification (you must upload your gov ID to verify you are using your real name). Many of the pages switch to show “Sandra” or “Sandy” Waters, however the urls remain with her fictitious aliases.
Sandy and Robert Waters create a slew of blog entries addressed to their “Stalker”/”Cyberbully” most of which accuse behavior that they themselves engage in (i.e. harassment, stalking, cyberbullying, multiple profiles, fake names, etc.)
Sandy and Robert Waters begin to show videos of Candy at work on paintings that demonstrate skill that is nowhere near the level of what was advertised previously in the Zazzle work. They are vastly different and many more suspicions are raised about the authenticity of what was originally marketed as Candy’s as a result of the new videos. Comments that question the difference are removed.
Another autistic artist provides her own video critiques and assessments of the work and new videos on Youtube. (Please note: the opinions expressed in those videos are not condoned by this website.)
Other blogs/postings also surface that question the work as well.
Sandy Waters creates another blog of her own to self-promote the artwork anonymously.
Sandy and Robert Waters target, stalk, and personally harass two other individuals who discuss the work on Youtube.