Far from timid, Cas Waterman’s women are predominately warm-blooded, down to earth creatures.

 

His use of colour reminds us of the Pre-Raphaelites such as Edward Coley Burne-Jones emphasizing the dreamlike image. None of his women are the perfect goddesses or decorative images of noble women we see in the romantic paintings of the 19th century. They are alive, both emotionally and physically, without any attempt to disguise their faults. However Waterman draws them out of their mundane lives by setting them against a monochrome background or placing them in a dramatic landscape far from the present time. They live in an enclosed and often intimate world existing in a cocoon of bodily warmth. This results in a tension between timelessness and direct physical reality.