Kathy Cooper is a representational oil painter who paints landscapes, seascapes, plein air, figurative, and specializes in still life with roses.
“My still ife paintings have characters which I place on a stage, my canvas. I determine who sings.
When collecting interesting subjects from antique stores around New England, I’m inspired by a romantic period of time of the past. I never know exactly what I’m looking for, but I know it when I see it. I not only look for beauty in these items, but for interesting character and texture. With these items of yesterday, I will interject “life” by adding fruit, or scattered flowers from my gardens.
As I search these shops or tend my gardens, my mind’s consumed with images, such as a delicate English vase lavished in fragrant peach roses resting on lace, or a partially rusted country gravy boat surrounded in bright pink rhodies. The possibilities are endless.”
Before turning to a full-time career in fine art, Cooper was a graphic designer and illustrator. Her almost 20 years experience in this field is evident in her painting, through a prominent design, and composition. Cooper has painted since childhood, studying art and advertising at Southwest Texas State University, and Texas State Technical Institue.
She attended the Srebnik Atelier Program in Massachusetts, where she dedicated herself to landscape painting, an in-depth study of artistic human anatomy and the Great Masters.
Her work has been shown in the National Arts Foundation and has been honored by the Southern California – American Society of Portrait Artists as a finalist in their annual portrait competion with her portrait of “Manny.”
Kathy is on the Board of the national organization, Women Artists of the West, at 2nd Vice President / Show Chairman for 2007.
Kathy paints and teaches in Westford, Massachusetts and performs workshops and demonstrations around New England.