Alexandra Coogan 


Artist Statement

   Nature is the narrative for my art. Painting or drawing landscapes addresses not only the lyrical poetic quality of nature, but also the universal symbolism of water, land and sky and all that live within these spheres. A landscape painting captures a moment in time expressing the vernacular of place, which changes in an instant. I study the effects of light on the landscape, marking the constancy of change. Light unifies the landscape and describes the narrative of each sensitive portrait of nature. 

   As a process artist I enjoy making marks, one at a time discovering surprising patterns, shapes and designs. The desire to make marks on paper and canvas has led me into many adventures in nature and art. 

Making marks has also led me to inquire into the relationship between realism and abstraction. 

   My goal as a Contemporary Landscape Painter is to express the reality and beauty of a landscape with a good measure of abstraction. I have explored making my own paints out of mineral pigments made from stones or oyster shell. Recently, I have begun to explore portrait painting. This is a new field of study that I will develop in the next years.

"Wapiti Returns”, 22” x 15”, Watercolor on 140 lb Arches paper

"Ponderosa Pine Bark”, 22” x15”, Watercolor on 140 lb Arches paper

"Who Is In My Vineyard", 24” x17”, Watercolor on 140 lb Arches paper

Alexandra Coogan