Charlotte Cooper

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I was a busy pastor’s wife, mother off our sons and special ed teacher, with a mind set of usefulness-and a barely submerged impulse to make art. So I made quilts-lots of quilts, all bright and creative-and warm, if the art wasn’t worthy, Eventually I had made enough. Then I discovered Anne Bradley and learned to paint wild watercolors. It was all good, until I chanced upon a big painting in the old Foundry Art Gallery. I really wanted to touch it!It was an encaustic. I looked up the unfamiliar word online, found Joanne Mattera’s newly released book, The Art of Encaustic Painting, and began. This wonderful medium, melting, translucent, ancient and contemporary, has absorbed me ever since.

Medium: Encaustic, Sumi ink