Claudia Waters

San Francisco, CA



Claudia Waters is a contemporary American painter and printmaker with a studio practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in New York City, Waters earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design where she studied with William Clutz, Donna Byars, Martin Canin, and Michael Kirk. She also studied printmaking at The Art Students League.

Her paintings and prints have been shown in numerous national and regional group and solo exhibitions and are held in numerous private collections. Print exhibitions have included SAGA, Manhattan Graphics Center, Artworks Trenton, Arts Benicia, and BIMPE X (Canada). Her etching “Good Fortune” is part of the Permanent Collection at the Newark Public Library, Special Collections Department. In addition to etching, Waters works with linoleum and woodblock. She inks and hand pulls all her own original prints. Waters is represented by The Old Print Shop in New York City.


I love working on copper plate through the labor-intensive etching process. The intentional and unintentional marks that result possess depth and character. One never knows what will be seen when the proof is lifted off the plate after going through the press, and for me this is the beauty of the process. I bring my love of color to my etchings sometimes by using two copper plates and sometimes by employing the a la poupée technique on one plate.

Linoleum and woodblock mediums each have unique challenges and as well as strengths. I love incorporating color to further enhance their graphic impact. I am particularly interested in figurative themes of the natural world and natural history.

Good Fortune, 3 x 2″, etching and aquatint
Bumble Bee, 2.5″ etching and aquatint à la poupée
Hummingbird, 4 x 3″, linocut