Cathryn P. Cooper
Cathryn was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She displayed talent at an early age and began private instruction with Atlanta artist Kathryn Burke at age 6. She continued her studies of drawing and painting and earned a scholarship to Atlanta College of Art, now SCAD, in 1976. After graduating in 1980 with a BFA in Fine Arts, her main focus was drawing, painting, and photography. With a love of music and theatre as well, she maintained her involvement in the arts community working at the Rober W. Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.
Cathryn has participated in shows throughout the southeast and in 1993, she won a competition sponsored by Argo Wiggins, the parent company of Arches Paper. In celebration of their 500 year anniversary of the Arches Paper Mill in Epinal, France, she personally presented her winning entry to them which now hangs in the mill's headquarters. In addition to her painting, her award-winning photography is another voice for her expression. Cathryn's art continues to evolve. She works with collage on paper and canvas using assorted materials to create elaborate mixed media pieces. Her inspiration is derived from found objects, combining them as totems in collage. She is returning to her roots of drawing. Birds and animals are a common interest. She is inspired by the light in North Carolina mountain landscapes. Her most recent work combines acrylic and graphite on canvas.