New Landscapes: Scenes from the Shenandoah to the Chesapeake, Jan.17-Feb. 15 at Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery

“Afternoon Grove”, oil on linen, copyright Ed Cooper

From a press release:

“TITLE: New Landscapes: Scenes from the Shenandoah to the Chesapeake, Ed Cooper

WHEN: On view January 17 – February 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 6-8pm

WHERE: Susan Calloway Fine Arts
Book Hill, Georgetown
1643 Wisconsin Avenue NW


Ed Cooper reflects the subtleties of early morning and late afternoon light and color in his plein air landscapes, capturing the interplay of sun and shade on trees, water, and grass. A wanderer, Cooper searches for scenes and objects that evoke an emotional response. He carries as constant companions a pochade box for quick oil sketches and an easel for more elaborate paintings.

While wandering I am constantly looking for scenes or objects that evoke an emotional response in me – something I just have to paint. This may be a majestic scene, an interesting object, a wonderful color, a special atmosphere, or a ray of sunlight striking a distant object. I am particularly interested in painting the effect of light on the landscape in the early morning and late afternoon or evening. These are the times for which I live – the time that has the most interesting light and the greatest emotional appeal to me. When I find something that interests me I try to capture it in paint.

Cooper holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and has received awards from the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, American Artist, the National Parks Academy of the Arts, and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, and the Easton Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival.”