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Jacob Cooley

Jacob Cooley

Jacob Cooley

Jacob Cooley is one of those "mythic" artists who knew he wanted to paint by the time he was four years old.  Somehow knowing that helps to explain how such a relatively "young" artist can reach the level of acclaim that he has already experienced.  Cooley is truly fascinated by the natural beauty and contemplative impact of light, water, earth, and color.  While he lives and works predominately in the South, where he developed his passion for the subtle interplay of light, Cooley comes to Maine and New England to see nature with that same cool, low key intensity that is eventually reflected in each canvas.  His paintings tend to become mythic evocations rather than particular places.

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Jacob Cooley is one of those "mythic" artists who knew he wanted to paint by the time he was four years old.  Somehow knowing that helps to explain how such a relatively "young" artist can reach the level of acclaim that he has already experienced.  Cooley is truly fascinated by the natural beauty and contemplative impact of light, water, earth, and color.  While he lives and works predominately in the South, where he developed his passion for the subtle interplay of light, Cooley comes to Maine and New England to see nature with that same cool, low key intensity that is eventually reflected in each canvas.  His paintings tend to become mythic evocations rather than particular places.

Cooley paints in oil, eschewing any enhancements that might lead to rapid drying or change the hallowed way he views his art.  His personal favorite subject to convey the meditative impact of light, are views of wandering tidal marshes across meadows, where the water, light, and small islands create mirrors for his pearly blue-greens tinged with violets, silvers, and subtle siennas.  His signature pieces suggest very "deep moods," but just when one is sure that these meandering poems of tidal nature are the best, Cooley will become fascinated with a stand of evergreen trees at dusk with soft stillness of high grass embracing violet light.

Cooley studied at the University of Georgia and received his MFA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1993.  Since then, Cooley has been showing his work in galleries in Maine and along the eastern shoreline.

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