Ken Waterstreet

Ken Waterstreet

A drawing is being offered for sale in the Sacramento area.

This artwork appears to be done in charcoal or graphite.  It is dated 1972. The dimensions of the image are 18″ w x 16″ h. The piece is tited ‘Paint 3’. The asking price is $500.

Paint 3 by Ken Waterstreet

Paint 3 by Ken Waterstreet


I have had a fair amount of time to look at this work.  At first glance, it has the appearance of part of a torso. (One imagines a chin, neck and shoulders.)  The overall surface is not, however, suggestive of flesh and bones.  There is a liquid feeling to it.  Rounded areas are highlighted as if there was light shining off a wet 3-dimensional surface.  Taking a clue from the title, it is possible to imagine paint with mixed hues and chromas being poured on to a surface.  By rendering the subject in shades of gray, the artist can examine the play of light on shiny, rounded surfaces of different saturation without reference to hue.  If you have any interest in this item, call me at 916 383 5341.  I will put you in touch with the current owner.


As with all artists in our collection, I invite those who have collected works by specific artist to share pictures of those pieces, and as much detail such as title and dimensions with which you are comfortable.    If for no other reason, putting images of collected works out on the Internet makes them accessible to art students who want to know what it is that collectors care about.  Many artists’ work seems to become invisible once they move out of the area in which they have sold their art, move on to other interests, or, sadly grow old, stop painting and/or die.  If collected art is to have any real meaning, the images of it must transcend the time in which it is created and sold.  I welcome any images sent to me for purposes of being included in these pages.  Call me at (916) 383-5341.  (We answer with a business name (, but it is still us.


In addition to the example in the Edwards/Pedersen Collection, there are the following selected works by Ken Waterstreet: From 2001, this painting is titled Amber As Muse. Amber as Muse by Ken Waterstreet It is oil on canvas and measures 10″ x 12″.   Note that she, too, is holding a fingerpaint character.  The glow surrounding its head may signify holiness. A larger oil on canvas is titled Vibratory Disturbance. Vibratory Disturbance by Ken Waterstreet It imeasures 40″ x 54″ and is also from 2001.  Very much an abstract work, there is a feeling here of liquidity and splashing. In Classics XVII, a 48″ x 60″ oil on canvas from 1988, we see a depiction of some classic items of decorated pottery that might be found in a museum. Classics XVI by Ken Waterstreet. They have been adorned with child-like motifs. In the following year, Waterstreet quoted from a number of classic paintings and one or two more modern ones in Classics XVII, a 36″ x 24″ oil on canvas Classics XVII by Ken Waterstreet Present also in this are a finger-paint character, with the holiness-lit head separated from the body, and a modern nude with her face de-faced. In Creation of Eve, a colored pencil effort from 1992, we find a certain well-known deity creating Eve in full frontal nudity. Creation of Eve by Ken Waterstreet At 6″ x 13″, the piece might have been difficult to notice on the ceiling of the Cistine Chapel. The Three Graces seem not at all to mind the fingerpaint fellows in this 60″ x 40″ oil on canvas from 2004. 3 Graces in the Night Studio by Ken Waterstreet The artist at the easel, in some-other-century garb, is depicting one of the frivolous fingerpaint figures on his canvas, while the actual artist looks on through sunglasses in a self-portrait.  The tattoos on the Muses may be of a similar frivolity, though not of fingerpaint. Going back to the theme of liquids is this 2003 canvas titled Bettes Special (or Food is Love). Food is Love by Ken Waterstreet This 24″ x 30″ oil not only has a strong image of liquidness, but also looks quite delicious. A series of flower paintings has been made.   Here some azaleas are represented. Azaleas by Ken Waterstreet This work is oil on canvas, 24” x 48”, and was painted in 2005. A graphite on paper nude is titled Lori. Lori by Ken WaterstreetIt is 13″ x 15¾” and is companion to two other graphite works  from 2005 that are 12″ x 18″.  Margaret, Margret by Ken Waterstreet and Miya. Miya by Ken Waterstreet Finally, a fingerpaint figure has escaped and is haunting the Crocker Art Museum in this 2005 Alkide Photo. Ghost of Crocker Past by Ken Waterstreet The piece is 19″ x 11½” and is titled The Ghost of Crocker Past. Ken exhibits a mastery in creating images of water.  The earliest work of which I am aware is this from 2002 titled Revenge of the Brook Trout. Revenge of the Brook Trout by Ken Waterstreet It appears that he is about to make a tasty meal out of one of those finger-painted characters.  The representation of the stones seems to convey the liquidity. Two years later, this depiction of the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes River was done. Middle Fork Consumnes by Ken Waterstreet In the same year he made two studies of Yosemite Creek. Yosemite Creek by Ken Waterstreet and Yosemite Creek II by Ken Waterstreet In the Middle Fork work, the water is made evident with reflections of light from the sky in irregular patterns as air currents disturb the surface.  The angle is oblique and possibly reflecting light from the north making it bluer and colder.  In the first Yosemite Creek, The sun is being reflected and we see past the surface.  River rocks, rounded by endless tumbling and covered with algae lie just below the surface atop other rocks.  There are deep, dark spaces amidst the piles of rock.  In Yosemite Creek II, some of the rocks are bleached out.  Perhaps their algal coverings had been exposed to the sun during periods of low water.  One looks closely for faces. This oil on canvas is of  Lavezzola Creek  near Downieville, California was painted in 2005. Lavezzola Creek by Ken Waterstreet The water is deep.  The reflections from the sky do not show the sun directly. Lavezzola Creek is popular with white-water kayakers.  A video of one such adventure may be found here:   Hundreds of reflections of the sun may be seen in this painting of the West Fork of Carson Creek from 2005. West Fork Carson by Ken Waterstreet A year later this watercolor was done of the Gualala River. Gualala River by Ken Waterstreet In 2007, Ken completed this oil of the Little Truckee River. Little Truckee by Ken Waterstreet Two oil on canvas from 2010 are Feeder Stream, Feeder Stream by Ken Waterstreet and Lyle Creek. Lyle Creek by Ken Waterstreet Ken also worked with colored pencil on rag in that year.  Two examples are High Elevation Creek, High Elevation Creek by Ken Waterstreet and Wolf Creek. Wolf Creek by Ken Waterstreet



  1. Diane Skuse Oliver

    Message to Ken Waterstreet: I was a student at Mira Loma High School in the early 70’s. I’ve become a videographer and recently created the 1972/1973 Reunion Video. You were mentioned many times as the inspiration behind careers in art. If you’d like to see a copy, please contact me.
    Diane Oliver

  2. Hello Mr. Waterstreet!!! I miss art class and having the greatest teacher ever! -Celeste

  3. I’m trying to get a message to Ken Waterstreet, who I’ve known for years, and who taught two of my kids. I was in my old Carmichael neighborhood today and reconnected with John Kaneko, who I first met when he built a home on my street. In talking to John (who is almost 90), I mentioned Ken’s name, and John said that he had spoken with him recently. Talk about a small world.

  4. Hello Bob,

    I was reviewing Benny Barrios and your note regarding Ken Waterstreet was on the side. If you contact him, he could tell his sister, Julie whom I went to El Camino high school with, that Bill Seck said hello.

    Cheers, Bill

  5. Carole L Perdue

    Ken, I have been going through old pictures and reading my OLD diaries what an eye opener!! I am living out in Wilton at “The Ranch” but packing to move either to Fair Oaks Ca or Bend Oregon. As I am 71 now I retired from Raley’s Corp. last August and have be working out in the yard for 2 months to get this 3 acre place on the market.
    Your work is just great my favorite is the Abstract Vibratory Disturbance, and of course Pink Azaleas.
    I also got into art but the things I did were with fabric. Now I make jewelry and quilts.
    Just wanted to say hello and hope to see a show one of these days.

  6. Alan Pedersen


    I have sent your note along to Ken through a mutual acquaintance. He now has a website: It seems to be for older works. Ken recently had a show at the Alex Bult Gallery on 21st Street.

    Alan J. Pedersen

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