I paint freely and intuitively and because I love it. I use acrylic paints, because they are fast and forgiving, and am always experimenting with new mediums and methods.
I never go into a painting with anything in mind - in fact I try not to think too much at all when I’m in the studio. I push and dribble and scratch and scrape the paint over the canvas or board until images begin to appear and somehow both me and the work usually manage to agree that we’re done at some point.
What I enjoy most about the process is that I am truly surprised at the result every time I complete a work of art. Predictably, some of my pieces are fun, whimsical and open to much interpretation. I’ll tease the viewer with a provocative or silly title to get someone else’s take on it, which is seldom what I saw myself. However sometimes I will stay with a painting for weeks or even months, during which time more of “me” merges with the painted images and the painting grows into something which I could never have anticipated. Some of these pieces are highly personal and never make it out of the studio, but as I get older and thicker skinned I am more willing to share and even celebrate the finished paintings with those who are kind enough to show interest.
1986 Fine Arts Foundation Program, Langara College, Vancouver, B.C.
Gage Gallery Arts Collective, Victoria
2017 "We All Get There Eventually" June 6-24 Gage Gallery
2015 "Open to Interpretation" Sept 15 - October 3 Gage Gallery
2014 Broadmead and Cordova Bay Studio Tour, Victoria
2014 Red Gallery Mystery Show, Victoria
2014 Art Stop art walk, Broadmead Village, Victoria
2013 Lana Popham Constituency Office, solo exhibition, Victoria
2010 TD Art Gallery’s 23rd Annual Paint-In, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
2010 Small Works Show & Sale, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
2009 Broadmead and Cordova Bay Studio Tour, Victoria
2009 22nd Annual Moss Street Paint-In, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
2009 Old Men Telling Stories, solo exhibition, Penticton
2008, 2007 Broadmead and Cordova Bay Studio Tour, Victoria
2006 Repose, solo exhibition, Penticton
2017 Margo Cooper at Gage Gallery Exhibition "We All Get There Eventually", Exhibit V, June 28 http://youtube.com/
2015 Exhibit V Margot Cooper, Artist of the Month, October 7
2015 Yam Magazine (Jan/Feb issue) painting featured in article “State of the Art”
2014 Shaw Cable “Go Island”, interview by Karen Elgersma
2010 BARA Bugle, featured artist, interview by Bill Wong
2009 Shaw Cable, Penticton, interview by Wayne McDougall