Suffering from insomnia and related depression, I find solace and comfort in channeling that torment into art. If I can’t feel physically feel whole, then I can feel emotionally full. With a constant struggle to stay awake, to stay alert and to be engaged, I deliberately surround myself with bright and vibrant colors. My work is simple, positive, full of movement, crisp and vivid. If my art can make me feel better, then I hope it will elicit powerful emotions and presence to the viewers.
My artist Japanese grandfather continues to influence me constantly in death with his surviving Impressionistic paintings and stories. While I appreciate political statements, I am from the old school of believing art can just be art; the message is the scene. I hope to combine the simplicity of Impressionism with the aesthetics of Eastern culture with the modern climate of today.
Born in 1981 and raised in the wine country of Northern California, Timothy Teruo Watters (TTW) has been oil painting for over 18 years. While taking a few art classes in college at the University of California at Santa Barbara, TTW is effectively self-taught, only receiving slight guidance from his artist grandfather, Teruo Iyama. TTW has exhibited his work mostly in small art shows and galleries from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles to Kona to even tiny St. George in Utah. For as long as TTW can remember, he has always been creating some form of art and oil painting is essential to his life.
Some of TTW’s collectors include Kobe Bryant, Manny Pacquiao, Bruno Mars, Ice Cube, Nas, Damian Marley, Slash, E-40, Snoop Dogg, Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, P. Diddy, Pitbull, Lil’ Jon, Timbaland and Too Short.