An abstract painter inspired by landscape, life experience, travel and anything else that requires painterly expression.   Recently I returned to painting horses and dogs alongside making a body of work that attempts to articulate my response to my move to the Welsh Marches.

Painting, for me, is a necessary and essential mode of expression. A way of interpreting our increasingly complex world and communicating a response to it.

Landscape, nature, architectural heritage, music, relationships; all can inform the paintings but each painting then becomes a journey; an accumulation of thoughts, emotions, questions, encounters.

By laying down colour, making marks with a brush, knife, rags, fingers or scraping back to reveal under layers until finally reaching a sense of an ending. Sometimes the process can take many years of tweaking, reworking. Other times the painting is resolved in a matter of days. 

It is often a surprise to see the end result - it comes from such a deep place inside oneself. 

Julie Cooper (March 2018)

Paintings are there to be experienced - they are events.
Paintings are not to be reasoned with,
they are not to be understood.
They are there to be recognised.
They are the equivalent of nature,
not an illustration of it. 

Robert Motherwell

© julie cooper 2018