Emily Cooper graduated from Bowdoin College in 2010 with a B.A. in Visual Arts. She has been creating artworks since the year the movie Hook was released in theaters. Maybe earlier. She currently resides in Peabody with her husband and her dog- the latter being easily mistaken for a wild, skeptical dingo of the savannah. The former- a muffin, the studly kind.
The purpose of her work is twofold- to offer windows of reflection, and to encourage joy. She paints whatever whim passes through her heart be it clouds, flora, or fauna, and she won’t be settling on any one subject soon. She does gravitate, however, toward painting humorous portraits of bears- a series inspired by a set of post-it doodles she made for her husband years ago.
Always interested by the intersection between naivete and the magic of youth with the darker themes of adulthood and human experience, she experiments with notions of playfulness and monstrosity. You may see more works from her with these themes in the future.
In the end what makes her feel most successful overall is when she’s been able to bring a smile to your face.