After a decision to make some major changes in her life, Dottie enrolled in a graphic design course that encouraged her to work in other media and enhance her creativity process. Her instructor saw her potential and encouraged her to apply for University of Georgiašs Studies Abroad Program in Cortona , Italy, as an Artist in Residence. Considering the fact that she is a self-taught artist, her acceptance was quite an honor as it was based solely on her merits rather than her education. It was in Cortona that a transformation took place in Dottie, inspiring her to radically change her approach to art. The new Cooper-K style was born and blossomed into the collection of paintings that have captivated the interest of her followers.
Dottie's accomplishments include several one person shows, exhibits, and many awards including Best of Shows. Additionally, her publications include a three page article in Florida Wildlife Magazine, an illustration in Florida Naturalist, cover artist for both North Florida Living and three issues of Metro Magazine. This architectural watercolor collage that appeared in Metro Orlando Home Magazine is rich in texture and imagination as all of her pieces seem to be. Like many of her pieces you must view it from two vantage points. First, up close to see the detail and then to step away and let the image work on you. The mixed media work together until they have created a work greater than the sum of its parts.
Today, many of Dottie's paintings still use a mixed- media technique. They are rich in colors, textures, ink, collage, and acrylics or watercolors. In her music abstracts, she has captured the moods of a musician and the way music flows from their being. Look closely at her work, and you may find unintentional images that come to life in Dottie's subconscience.
Cooper-K collectors live throughout the world, including A J McLean (of the Backstreet Boys), and his mom Denise McLean Solis, writer of the book "Backstreet Mom". The Linn's of the kamelsoftware Co,, several corporations , and now with the ACEO's, the collectors are becoming numerous. Thanks to all of my patrons, who give me the opportunity to grow and experiment with my art.
Dottie believes that we should all live our lives to their fullest and she wants that reflected in her work. As she puts it, "We are all here for a purpose... and we are all here for each other." There is no doubt that Dottie is not only here for us, but has given us a tremendous gift that we can carry with us for the rest of our lives. That is the gift of herself deeply embedded in the pieces of art work she has made available to each of us.
Dottie has the distinguished honor to be cited in the National Register's Who' s Who in Executives and Professionals, 2003 - 2004 edition
I believe we are here for each other in every aspect of life, sometimes only for that brief moment when we need one another. My hope is that my art will touch it's viewer in a way that gives him/her a pleasurable moment.
I like to reflect happy thoughts in my work, and I accomplish this in the way I paint. I tend to break rules, but then, so did the greatest artists of our time.... I don't believe that there is any such thing as bad art: there is something for everyone.
This is my favorite quote:
Imagination is more important than knowlege.... Knowlege is limited. Imagination encircles the world...
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