C.M. Cooper

CM Cooper refers to herself as a “contemporary traditionalist.”  Her impressionistic paintings blend classic aesthetics with the modern figure.  Women, children, dancers and animals in contemporary settings come to life through her bold impressionistic brush strokes.  Cooper’s delicate color sensitivity and wonderful sense of light create images that are filled with emotion and feeling.

Born and raised in Southern California, Cooper was educated at Art Center College of Design where she earned her BFA.  A career in fashion advertising followed, along with freelance work in editorial illustration.  But her travels to Europe---including an opportunity to live and study in Paris---began to focus her interest towards a fine art career.  Her studies continued at the Associates in Arts Masters Program and 4 years of study with Joseph Mendez.  Rare opportunities to observe and study under the highly respected artists Howard Terpning and Raymond Everett Kinsler further enhanced her artistic abilities and vision.



Today she is a full time gallery painter and art instructor.  Cooper’s work is featured at several galleries across the nation, from Westfield, New Jersey to Laguna Beach, California.  She has won numerous awards including the Salon International’s 2010 Top Award, Third Place in Show.  The Museum Director’s Choice Award at the California Art Club’s 92nd annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition in 2002 was another highly coveted honor.  She is a member of several prestigious art organizations including the Oil Painters of America and the American Society of Portrait Painters.

Cooper has been a featured artist in Southwest Magazine’s Figurative Issue, November 2003, and was selected as an “Artist to Watch” in November 2002.  She was also recommended in their “Collector’s Choice” issue in October 2003.  Other publications include International Artist Magazine’s “100 Ways to Paint People and Your Favorite Subject” in 2003 – 2004, along with several other publications.



Art instruction is another major aspect of Cooper’s artistic calling.  She believes that “Teaching enriches my life as an artist.”  Cooper provides a solid foundation for figure painting along with the necessary skills of composition, observation and editing of subject matter.  The opportunity to repeatedly review artistic concepts not only benefits her students but the teacher herself!

Cooper lives in Valencia, California with her husband Dan Cooper, a highly accomplished Walt Disney Studios artist.


Second Best in Show 2018 - American Impressionism Association: Small Works Showcase AIS

Best In Show 2017 - American Impressionism Association: Small Works Showcase - AIS

Best of Show / Masters Category - Art Classic Annual Show 2014 - SCAA

Best of Show 2011 - SCAA

First Place 2009/ 2012/ 2013 Art Classic - Art Classic Annual Show - SCAA

Second Place 2010/ 2012 - Art Classic Annual Show - SCAA

Best in Show 2010 -  Santa Clarita Arts Commissioner's City Award - SCAA

Top Award - Third Best in Show - Salon International 2010  (Fredericksburg, TX)

Awarding Judge: Everett Raymond Kinstler

Museum Director's Choice Award 2002 - 92nd Gold Medal Show CAC  (Pasadena, CA)

Award of Excellence 2005 - OPA Regional Annual Show (Santa Barbara  CA)

Judge's Picks - Southwest Art, Artists to Watch, sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Art Council 2003

Portrait Finalist - Artists Magazine  2004, 1999

First Place Oil / Annual Show WVAG  2001

Top Cash Award 1999 - VIVA

Best of Show 1998 Annual Show -  SGFAA 

First Place / Genre 1998 Animal 1997  SGFAA

Grand Prize /Calendar Cover 1998  WVAG


Southwest Art, Nov. 2017: "Painting the Figure"

Plein Air Today online edition, Mar 2017: "AIS Goes Small" 

Trailside Galleries Newsletter, Feb. 2015: "Guest Artist Figurative Show"

American Art Collector, Feb. 2015: "Upcoming Show Preview" / Trailside Gallery

Southwest Art, Oct. 2014: "Where are They Now?"

Southwest Art, Nov. 2003: Featured Artist - "A Beautiful Obsession"

Southwest Art, Nov. 2002: "Artist to Watch"

Southwest Art, Oct. 2003: "Collector's Choice" 

Southwest Art, Sept. 2003: "Colorado - Best of the West"

Southwest Art, July 2002: "News from the California Art Scene"

Southwest Art, June 2002: "Colorado - Best of the West" Artist to Watch Event

Art of the West, Sept. - Oct. 2002: "California Art Club Winners Announced"

Where Magazine , April 2011: "Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art" hosted by Lagacy Gallery

Four Points Magazine, June 13, 2003: "Artists on the Verge" Cover painting 

Pasadena Register, July 2002: "Artscape - Exhibit of California Works"

Pasadena Star-News, June 28, 2002: "Good As Gold" California Art Club Exhibit preview 

San Gabriel Valley News, July 19, 2002: "Top Art Show" California Art Club Exhibit - Director's Award

Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dec. 5, 2002: "Day by Day" Art Openings 

American Art Collector, Sept. 2007: "Body Double" Scottsdale Fine Art group show

International Artist: "100 Ways to Paint People" .... "100 Ways to Paint Your Favorite Subject"

Santa Clarita Magazine, April 2007: "Local Painter's Art Chosen from 1,100 Entries"

The Signal, Nov. 4, 2010: "Art Lovers Enjoy Annual Show" City of Santa Clarita Excellence Award

The Signal, Oct. 29, 2009: "Art Classic XX Draws Crowd" First Place Oil  

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