Karen Love Cooler
Penn Valley, PA
Artist Bio & Statement
Karen Love Cooler is an award winning Philadelphia artist. She creates using paint, printmaking, sculpture and mixed-media based on her interest in nature, Ancient wisdom and her travels. She trained as a teacher and earned a graduate degree from The University of Pennsylvania. Writing and presenting art tours at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has influenced her art. She has maintained a studio practice since earning a Certificate at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. This is a rigorous four year studio course. During this time she had a Residency at the Vermont Studio center. Karen is a founding artist of MCGOPA, The Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists, where she has been President, Vice President of Publicity and Gallery Director. Karen has exhibited with MCGOPA and in many regional, juried exhibitions. Her art is in the Print Library Collection at PAFA (The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) as well as private collections throughout the United States and in Israel and Florence, Italy. Karen is a Professional Artist Member of The Main Line Art Center.
“I am interested in our relationship with nature. Stones and natural forms that are prehistoric reflect our connection through time.. Every shape that an artist may use is found in nature. I am also interested in the ways we attempt to change nature. Much of my work is based on my travels. My current work presents “portraits” of the Menhirs of Portugal. These human scale standing stones near Evora, Portugal have mysterious origins. They are connected to early human’s desire to predict and organize their environment. They are based on my photographs of this site.”