April 27, 2014 § Leave a comment
Karen J.F. Cooper is a watercolor artist inspired by the New York State landscape and the coastal areas of Maine and Massachusetts. Cooper has been devoted to the arts most of her life. She was a performing artist and member of a regional ballet company in her youth. She began painting with watercolor in 1977.
Cooper’s watercolors have been in group, one-person shows, and major regional and national exhibitions. The prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City, museums, colleges, universities, galleries, theaters, and various art centers have also exhibited her paintings. She has been in numerous juried shows and has received several awards for her work. Additionally, Karen is a watercolor instructor for all ages.
Cooper aims to be authentic and likes to experience the places and things she is interested in painting. Her sensitivity to color is usually what begins the creative process. Karen believes there should be “no boundaries “ with watercolor and its limitless applications. She relates the way her brush moves across the paper with all of its twists, turns, dots and dashes to her dance experience in her early years. Rather than a reporter of facts, Cooper is interested in the feeling of a place.
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September 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
Artist Bio: Landscape and figurative artist Mary Ellen Riell is a recipient of top awards in both watercolor and pastel, most recently Grand Prize in the Cooperstown Art Association’s 79th Annual National Exhibition and Best in Show at the Laffer Gallery’s competitive Annual Upstate Artists Exhibition. A former professional illustrator and college instructor, she received her art training at the Art Students League in New York City, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Brooklyn College, where she studied with painter Sam Gelber and sculptor Sylvia Stone, before receiving her masters degree from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Now a full time artist working in her upstate NY studio, Mary Ellen is a current member and former co-director of the Oakroom Artists, a long established membership-by-invitation artists’ association. Her work is included in both institutional and private collections.
Statement: I am always looking for new ways to see the traditional subjects of garden, sea,landscape and the human figure. Viewing a scene from a variety of vantage points and times of day, often with a camera, is a key first step in finding the presentation that best suits the visual and conceptual ideas I want to convey. Working en plein air, I enjoy emphasizing the rich color and sensuous grace found in the curves, tilt and sway of plants and trees set against the hardscape elements of houses, barns and sheds. Looking closely, staying focused and going with the flow are essential methods for expressing a subject’s mood and capturing a sense of place.