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Laura Cooper
Rowdy, New York Fortie

Oil on canvas
12 x 17 inches

Laura Cooper
Volya, At Rest

Oil on canvas
12 x 16 inches


Laura Cooper was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and spent her childhood living along the banks of the Vermilion Bayou in Lafayette. She often was awakened during the night by the sound of distant rumbling tugboats that pushed barges from offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, and was fascinated by the reflections of bright lights from working vessels passing by. This early exposure to the maritime world eventually lead Cooper to want to capture in paint the beauty and diversity of marine activity.

After graduating high school, in 1984 Laura moved to Boston, earned a Bachelor Degree in English from Northeastern University, spent hours sketching in various museums, and walked to the harbor to draw boating scenes that took place around her. During the mid-1980s, Cooper worked in publishing, co-wrote a weekly column for a computer trade newspaper, graduated from Simmons College with a Nursing degree, and worked at Boston’s Children’s Hospital in Cardiology and City Hospital in Labor and Delivery. To lessen stress, Cooper began to teach herself how to paint, was influenced by the works of Rembrandt, Copley, Sargent, Heade, Kensett and Silva, and enjoyed art instruction under Robert Cormier and David Curtis. By 1990, painting became the focus of her. She currently is apprenticing with marine artist, Richard Loud, who—along with John Stobbart—inspires her.

Cooper has been given awards for excellence in painting at the Rockport Art Association

(2006); Duxbury Art Association Winter Juried Show (2008); South Shore Art Center Arts Festival Best in Show (2008); Quincy Art Association Arts Fest (2008); and Plymouth Guild Forty-First Annual Juried Art Show (2008). Cooper has been juried in to the Duxbury AA winter exhibition, the South Shore Art Center Arts Festival (2007-2012) and the Cooperstown National Juried Show (2010). She is a Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (2009-).