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Painting & Drawing

Doreen Cooper


  • Contact: Doreen Cooper
  • Where to find my art: Doreen Cooper’s Art Studio (by appointment only)

I love painting and it has taught me to constantly observe colour, light and shadow. I try to paint what I see and my work is quite realistic although I also strive to achieve some mystery and impressionism.

I have a studio in Vancouver and also on Hornby Island where we built our home in 1989. I am always inspired when looking out of the window of my Hornby Island studio at the ever changing vistas of mountains, ocean, sky and marine activity.

I’m really into large florals right now, and landscapes, and encaustics. Encaustic paintings have always interested me because they have a particular luminosity and depth. They are created by melting hot wax and resin crystals, adding pigment and brushing or pouring the molten wax onto a surface, and fusing the layers with a heat gun or a torch. The paintings are primarily abstract and I enjoy manipulating the colours as well as embracing the artful accidents!