Cooper has enjoyed an extraordinary career as a portrait artist
of distinction. Highly regarded by her peers as well as collectors,
her canvases have hung in museums, and are represented in many private,
corporate, and institutional collections. Her work has garnered
over twenty national and international awards in just the last few
years, including the First Place and People's Choice
awards at the Portrait Society of America's International Portrait
Her dedication to perfecting her art stems from a passionate love
for painting and commitment to the tradition of portraiture. With
boundless energy and poise she meticulously approaches each subject
with a well-honed eye and flawless draftsmanship. But it is her
understanding of paint, color, form, and light, coupled with her
ability to visualize people's character, that gives her work a sense
of being more than just accurate renditions; her paintings seem
to reflect a living truth about each subject.
She and her work have been featured in many publications including
International Artist, The Art of the Portrait, and
American Art Collector. Her award winning painting Marmee's
Garden In the Snow was featured on the cover of Artist's
Magazine in 2011. Her non-commissioned painting Judy
was part of the Inspiring Figures: American Women and Figurative
Art at the Butler Institute of American Art, where it hung alongside
paintings by American icons such as Cecilia Beaux and Mary Cassatt.
Ms. Cooper was educated at Tyler School of Art and Temple University
where she received her BFA (summa cum laude) and MFA (magna cum
laude) degrees. Her pursuit of mastery led to further study under
contemporary portrait painting masters. This process of continuing
education has resulted in an expansive knowledge of the portrait,
which she in turn shares with her own students in the art of painting.
Ellen Cooper has achieved Signature Status with the Portrait Society
of America. She lives and teaches in the Philadelphia area.
For all of her success and accolades, Ellen Cooper remains fully
grounded. She is a very real, down to earth person; a characteristic
that plays an important role in working with her subjects to get
them to "be themselves" when sitting. Ellen's commissioned
work is diverse and includes family and children, as well as distinguished
corporate, judicial, medical, academic, philanthropic, and governmental
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