Artist Karen Cooper

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I am a people watcher. I do it with intensity. And then I paint it.
I have seen so many amazingly interesting people out in the world, and I see no other path but to share them with viewers who need to revel in these fascinating images too.
While this longing is present, the absolute necessity of the matter, and what drives me forward, is that the painting must be a thing of substance and solidity and interest and beauty.
The current work is oil on canvas. All are focused on people and their daily routines, and the thought-provoking images they make. It’s the simple stuff that we all do, but when you attach it to a person, it communicates something of each one of us, to the other of us.  And then there occurs that magic moment in which the story appears, and the painting becomes.
Karen was born and raised in Nebraska, and then moved across the river to live in Iowa. From 2013 thru 2017, Karen lived in Lipetsk, Russia - long enough for the power and beauty of Russian impressionist art to make a potent impact. Study with a talented figurative artist while in Lipetsk, increased the desire/need to draw with substance and clarity, as part of the painting process.
Karen has now returned to live in Grinnell, Iowa, and an online profile can be found at www.karencooperpaintings.com
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born Nebraska
studio is now at Grinnell, Iowa
-University of Nebraska
-recent workshops:  Kim English, Marc Hanson, Dawn Whitelaw
-recent study with Anna Kushnareva
Recent exhibits
-Fresh Paint Paint Out, Amana, Iowa. 2nd best of show.
-Brush Creek Art Walk 2018 paint out, Kansas City, Missouri.  Honorable mention award.
-Paint VanBuren Plein Air Paint Out. Purchase award.
-MVIS (Missouri Valley Impressionist Society) 7th Annual Juried Exhibit, 1516 Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska. Two paintings juried into exhibit.
-February 2018 BoldBrush Painting competition, FAV15
-duo exhibit, Quad City Arts, Davenport, [...]

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