2020 Monuments & Canyons Artist: Maggie Cook

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I had a great art teacher when I went to school in London and art lessons were my favorite time particularly sitting on the steps of St. Pauls Cathedral and drawing the bomb sites. A long time ago. I think that was where I learned about perspective. The only paints I had available were powder paints in school and an ancient box of water colours.

Many years later, living in Colorado, I discovered the joy of hiking in the mountains and desert and at the same time I began using pastels instead of watercolors. Pastels became my passion which continues to this day although now I enjoy using oils and sometimes acrylics.

To me, art is all about emotional connection to my subject and that usually happens to be the landscape of the southwest. For that reason plein air painting is what I enjoy the most although I dont always expect to have a good finished painting from a session in the open air. However, the inspiration of my outdoor surroundings and the use of plein air studies and photos are how I accomplish my studio paintings.

Although I am largely self taught I have taken several workshops and gleaned wonderful insights into techniques, color mixing etc, from many wonderful artists. Sally Strand, Lorenzo Chavez, Bruce Gomez, Bob Rohm, Dan Young, Grand Redden

I have won numerous awards in Colorado fine art shows and am collected here in the US and England.

I am a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Colorado and an Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America.