DB Waterman

DB Waterman assembles her pieces using original photography, assorted papers, acrylics, oil, charcoal, ink and pencil in her works. Waterman’s body of work is characterized by her skill for reinvention. Having always loved the appearance of weathered walls plastered with peeling paint and old posters. Her goal is to make something beautiful out of what has deteriorated. She believes the biggest challenge of collage medium is its lack of transparency. Finding a way to replicate the effects of transparency afforded by paint, especially watercolors, was a large victory for Waterman. The effort shows through in her collages as layers upon layers of material remain visible in her finished work.


“I believe my body of work is characterized by my skill for reinvention. Having always loved the appearance of weathered walls plastered with peeling paint and old posters, I revive this aesthetic with hopefully a keen and professional eye. The creative objective of my work is to make something beautiful out of dilapidation. My tableaus explore the dissonance between old and new materials, intertwined in the most beautiful possible way to create dreamlike and melancholy images.”


Waterman studied at the Art Academy in Den Bosch, Netherlands, although she regards herself as self-taught. Over the years she has developed her own distinct style out of the untraditional medium of collage. Waterman’s work unites many kinds of materials in careful compositions.