John Cooper BFA, MFA
Plein Aire Painter for identity
Assemblage\collage stuff for amusement
Teaching for sole food & laughs & understanding
I’m the Toad Rock, Mt. Loki painter. It is my intention to report enough aspects of my creative process that we sort of meet.
I live and paint and teach in Queens Bay, outside Nelson B.C. I also live and paint and teach about all over, mostly B.C., Alberta, and Sask. these days.
I sort of slip back in time instead of forward, I think it’s because I’m overwhelmed and confused by the present. Nothing bad about the future, just that I only know about the past and painting it most every day. For quite awhile now, I’ve been painting where ever I can see what I want to paint. This makes me a plein air painter artist.
I’m also building my own house (for 25 years). I always worked on my own cars (better cars now as I’m within 10 years of almost brand new).
About 35 years ago I came to live in the Kootenays. Just travelin’ thru but my axel broke on my 1951 Dodge Truck, and before I escaped I met some guy (Roger Aylen) who offered me space to build a cabin\shack 10 miles south of Silverton.
Since I was finished with art and society, I took an honest swing at ‘getting back to the dirt’, a sort of ‘hippy homesteading’. The good news is that, that lasted until Christmas as I had a double thick plastic wood & tin house that stood near 30 years. The other good news is that I very soon began painting again. After 12 years of fruit picking, construction, tree planting, house painting & gardening, I started painting full time. Always, during everything, I always painted.
I guess painting led to teaching. I just seem to get people painting or making art all my life. Then another 25 years stint of teaching & going places to paint and quite often teaching.
Now-a-days I’m easy to catch for going into the mtns. With small or large groups, mostly to see it and plein air paint it. A few days to a week is a good time space.
The past 3 or 4 years have brought me closer to A.Y. Jackson, Emily Carr and just more recently, Lawren Harris [as I was classically educated in the art and university systems of the united states, M.F.A. Univ. of Wash. 1965, Spencer Moseley, Adviser]. So my emphasis was more toward the European artists, especially the French.
Paul Cezanne [and Rene Magritte] were very important to me during early formative years. After painting about 20 views of Mt. Sainte-Victoire on location in Southern France, in 2001, I realized great value in attempting to walk in the footsteps of the great masters who were meaningful to me.
have painted and taken student painters into the mountains often during
the past 8 to 10 years; especially the Purcells, Selkirks, and Canadian
John Cooper 1967
Indianna State University
Fiber glassing (Suffering meditation)
Painting, au Plein Air