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
ARTICLES & PUBLICATION
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
For more information and additional available works please call Galleria Misto!
After years of managing creative departments at advertising agencies, in Western New York and North Carolina, Stickney started his own successful agency in Buffalo, New York servicing national and regional clients with marketing and creative media. He closed the agency in 2003 and became a teacher in Fine Art, Art History, and History.
He has been a Creative Director, Art Director, Illustrator, Copywriter, Broadcast Creator and Producer, and Agency President – winning numerous national and regional awards for creative works in print and television.
In 2000 he became more deeply involved in Fine Art and his paintings and drawings were embraced by galleries in New York City, Buffalo, Los Angeles, and Florida venues. His artworks have been featured in the Buffalo News, Tampa Bay Magazine, Tampa Bay Times, and other publications.
His artworks display a strong emphasis on dream images, personal visions, and human emotions. Stylistically his art shows expressionistic / surrealistic influences. Stickney’s art exhibits have been appropriately titled “Dreams, Meditations, and Myths.”
Other interests include art history, world history, playing acoustic and electric guitar, motorcycling, and photography.
“ Unique work…the results are intricate and evocative.”
Barbara Fredricksen – St. Petersburg Times.
“ The power of the artist’s line drawings with color accents tells stories not yet heard… his work defies classification.” Aaron R. Fodiman – Tampa Bay Magazine.
“ How incredibly beautiful your painting is…uplifting…thank you so much for another
beautiful window out. Your painting is my song…it couldn’t be any closer.”
International performer, singer, songwriter – Richie Havens.
“ Bold…I love your work.” Los Angeles Gallery and L.A.Artists
Owner, Gallery Director - Susan Anderson.
“ Saw your work hanging at The Albright-Knox Art Gallery…
absolutely beautiful!” Mark Dellas – Owner, Director of Editorial Art
Traffic East Magazine, New York.
“ In the midst of many years of commercial success, Stickney never lost his passion for fine art.” Louise Continelli - The Buffalo News.
In 1954, city of Angels, the cosmos delivered to Earth a 3rd generation artist. Valorie’s creative spirit awakened in early childhood. From crayons and pastels she has evolved to oil and acrylic paints.
A self-taught artist, she painted signs, oil paintings, etched/stained glass and jewelry from her studio/gallery in Sunny Days Plaza, Homosassa, FL. (1978-2000)
A professional artist for 40 years, she has decorated walls with paintings and murals in a wide range of subjects. These include landscapes, buildings, wildlife, pets, portraits, floral and fantasy.
Now, she paints from her home studio in Homosassa. Exotic birds, figures, orchids, and tropical foliage created in a painterly style with layers of subtle beauty.
What’s unique about how I paint? I play music. When it inspires me, I get up and dance. My inner wild woman takes over with sensual movements. That’s how I generate artistic passion.
Since I’m a third-generation artist, it’s natural my imagination comes out to play. I paint to surround myself with the art I wish existed. Even as a child, I've loved the creative process of layering colors next to each other. Purple near blue-green for instance, excites me.
Nature inspires me, especially secret pockets of paradise hidden in tropical rain-forests. I love waterfalls, rivers and oceans. Exotic birds and orchids fascinate me endlessly.
If my art makes you happy, too, that’s the cherry on top!
Best of Show-2015-Art Center of Citrus County, FL / 1st Place-Visual Poetry Contest-Carrollwood Cultural Center, FL / Award of Merit-1991-St. John’s River Festival, FL / Best of Show-1991 Citrus County Fair-FL / Award of Merit-1991- Leesburg Fine Art & Craft Festival, FL / Award of Excellence-1991-Citrus County Festival of the Arts, FL / Award of Distinction-Homosassa Art & Seafood Festival, FL / First Place-1984 Homosassa Springs Art Fair, FL / Best of Show-1983-Spring Fling-Homosassa, FL / Purchase Awards-1979,’80,’82-Citrus County Art Center, FL
Galeria San Sebastian-2005- Inverness, FL
“Aurora” – Sedona Journal of Emergence- July 2001- Front Cover
I seek to evoke a deeper awareness of the female/male gaze in Clearwater,Florida. My paintings reflect the essence of that individual, echoing a familiarity in expression, emotion and attitude. My portraits challenge you to look beyond the gaze, behind the flesh and question what is transpiring psychologically, beneath the surface of a woman/man’s façade.
What started out as a childhood love of art has turned into a successful career as a full-time artist for me. Born in Clearwater, Florida and raised in Mansfield, Ohio, I returned to Clearwater after graduating from college.
I was encouraged to pursue art as a career by a high school art teacher. While attending Ohio University, where I graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting and drawing.
I knew this was my passion for life.
When painting, my subjects are posed facing the viewer head on to convey the impression they are looking right at you. I use a linseed oil and liquid glazing technique that creates a smooth texture.
By artists such as Joan Miro, Giorgio de Chirico, Art Fronckowiak, Essud Funcap, Peter Stillton, Dorothy Spangler, Cienfuegos Rivera, Henry Hobbs, Edna Hibel, Don Hatfield, Kerry Hallam, Olaf Weighorst, Virginia Mims, Max Papart, Pino, Tolla Inbar, Taylor Ikin, John Canning, Jurgen Gorg, Stephen Baldoff, Stacy Barter, Azarin, Stavri Kalinov,
Peter Max, Chuck Boux and many more.
There is something for everyone at Galleria Misto.
An eclectic array of beautiful artworks, we hold a variety of treasures and gifts in all price ranges.
Please contact the gallery for any additional information on any of the artists here or indeed if you have a special request. We can help you find exactly what you are looking for.
You may wish to simply try a piece of art in your home or office space first and see how you feel about it for a few days.
We can bring one or many pieces to your space and help you decide where the piece might be best suited, or you can take yourself. Either way, you are under no obligation to keep it!
We want you to LOVE your choice and be 100% happy with your purchase.