Ellen Cooper’s Painting The Figure From Life class

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I love love love Ellen Cooper’s Defiance of Erebus 62″x36″, Oil on linen painting. The first time I saw it was at the 2011 Portrait Society Of America, The Art Of The Portrait, convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  She won First Place & People’s Choice awards for that work.   I was so moved by her Defiance of Erebus painting, that my daughter Grace and I flew to San Antonio, Texas so that I could begin a painting of my then 90-year-old grandmother.

That visit further inspired me to travel around the globe to meet and take lessons from my favorite artists.  Ellen Cooper was high on the list. When I Googled Ellen’s name I found out that she taught a figure painting class at The Wayne Art Center, which is about 20 minutes from my house!  How lucky was that?!?!  Yea!!

Shelli Alford is an artist and author, who enjoys learning from master oil painters from around the world and reviewing their classes, workshops and demonstrations.

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