Karen Cooper

Karen Cooper

About the Artist
Based in
Grinnell, Iowa

A native Nebraskan, now living in Iowa after a 5 year sojourn in Lipetsk, Russia, I attribute my vision and outlook to those blocks of time.  While living in Lipetsk, I was blessed to have a great mentor who told me to “Get out and paint on the street. Learn the light.”  Spoken in a different language of course, but the message is the same. Learn the light. I paint in oil, both studio work and en plein air. I love the challenge (and camaraderie!) of painting at plein air festivals. 




Exhibitions and Events

2022 events included 

  • En Plein Air Texas
  • Bluff Strokes, awarded first place main event 
  • Augusta Plein Air
  • Paint Van Buren County Plein Air, awarded the 1st Richard Dutton Honorary Award


2022 also included 

  • my solo exhibit Paint Grinnell, a plein air look at my home town (35 paintings)
  • awarded best 2D artist Geneva (Illinois) Arts Festival
  • accepted into 6th Annual AIS (American Impressionist Society) Impressions Small Works Showcase, WilderNightengale Gallery, Taos, New Mexico.