"I am a people watcher. I do it with intensity. And then I paint it."
Karen Cooper was born and raised in Nebraska, then moved across the river to live in Iowa. From 2013 until 2018, Karen lived in Lipetsk, Russia. Russian Impressionist Art made a huge impact on her and her work. Karen studied with a talented figurative painter in Lipetsk, which increased her desire to draw with substance and clarity. After five yars of working with a master painter, Karen returned to live and paint in Grinnel, Iowa.
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, a work that inspires interest and beauty.
I work in oil on canvas and my paintings are focused on people and their daily routines. I especially love the thought-provoking images they make. I paint the simple things we all do, and when it's attached to a person, it communicates something recognizable to all of us. That is where the magic moment happens in the story, and the painting becomes something more.