Artist Selma Cooper
Selma Cooper, formerly a watercolorist for eighteen years has shifted her palette in the past nine years to oil. Her present body of work is flowers, primarily LARGE SINGLE BLOOMS. Dynamic color combinations are evident in her work in which she is creating an evolving impressionist style.
Canadian born, she is a citizen of the world having lived throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Bermuda and Australia, and traveled within North Africa, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand and South America. Her educational process evolved with exposure to the people of other countries, their arts and culture which has sharpened the observational abilities of this artist.
Formal exposure in drawing took place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Canada. Her watercolor training was through workshops at the Watercolor Society of Houston, the Art League of Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts. A number of collaborative works ensued creating strong lasting relationships amongst the artists who participated, and subsequently provided an ongoing sharing of ideas, techniques and exhibitions
Ms. Cooper states the diverse, worldwide art exhibits which visit Houston, plus the many fine local galleries provide a wealth of fine art to observe and from which to learn. However, the process of painting itself is, to this artist, the greatest teacher. As a result, her training in oil painting has been very informal, with observation of various art works and input in techniques from fellow artists being the main educational thrust in the impetus to paint.
“The actual process of creating a painting
from a stark, white canvas and observing
the metamorphous, is to me the most magical
and rewarding of experiences.”
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