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, are represented in numerous 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 Competition.
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, and The Art of the Portrait,
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 masters Burton Silverman and Daniel Greene, among others.
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.
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
executive, judicial, medical, academic and religious leaders.