Painting by John Wray
Matthew Goldman writes and illustrates under the nom de plume of Constant Waterman owing to his predilection and love for boats and rivers and the sea. He has had a monthly column in Messing About in Boats magazine since 2005 and has contributed to several other boating periodicals. Breakaway Books has published two collections of his self illustrated stories: The Journals of Constant Waterman: Paddling, Poling, and Sailing for the Love of it, and MoonWind at Large: Sailing Hither and Yon.
Constant Waterman has also written and illustrated two books of local history, invaluable as travel guides: Landmarks You Must Visit in Southeast Connecticut, and More Landmarks You Must Visit in Southeast Connecticut (reviewed by Roger Zotti in The Resident).
Illustrated landmarks of Mystic include “The Emporium”, “Mystic Art Center”,[now “Mystic Museum of Art”] “Mystic & Noank Library”, “Union Baptist Church”, “Mystic River Bridge”, “Mystic Seaport Lighthouse”, “Charles W. Morgan”, “Joseph Conrad,”, steamboat “Sabino,” smack “Emma C. Berry,” “Mystic Aquarium”, “Clyde’s Cider Mill”, “Daniel Packer Inne”, “Pequotsepos Manor & Nature Center”, Elm Grove Cemetery,” and “Chapel of Our Lady of the Assumption” [St. Edmund’s Retreat].
His two illustrated books for children under the age of ninety: Vincus the Invisible Divulges His Secret Recipe for Maple Pistachio Birch Beer Raspberry Ripple, and Vincus the Invisible Visits Planet Earth tell of Vincus the griffin, champion of the environment and the underprivileged, and advocate of eating nothing save ice cream.
The originals of Constant Waterman’s black and white illustrations – many portraying mystical or mythological beings – appear in local galleries, while copies are available as prints and cards. Please visit him at www.constantwaterman.com, Facebook, and at Silver Circle Herbals in the Stagecoach House Inn, 1136 Main St [route 138] in Wyoming, RI 02898, or email him at: matthew[at]constantwaterman.com
Matthew is a member of the Mystic Museum of Art, the Slater Museum, and the Noank Historical Society.