'USS SALT LAKE CITY'
'Whaling, Baffin Island'
'Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii'
'Battle of Mobile Bay'
The marine paintings of Cooper Hart have been recognized
for their highly accurate portrayal of America’s maritime history. His
realistic watercolor images have won him national recognition in the field
of marine art. Featured in the pages of Sea History, the journal of the
National Maritime Historical Society, his work has twice won an Award of
Excellence at the Mystic Seaport Maritime Museum in Connecticut.
Cooper is a self-taught painter whose artistic career is rooted in his
experiences working in the busy shipyards of Seattle as a young man. It
was there, in the home of the Alaska fishing fleet, that he saw the docks
bustling with activity as the fishermen and marine craftsmen prepared
their boats for the long voyage north. In the effort to bring a sense of
realism and accuracy to his paintings he has often joined the fleet in
Alaskan waters to observe their work firsthand.
The inspiration for his work is drawn from his own experience and from the
marine artist of the past. His traditional style of painting can be
attributed largely to the influence of the American Luminist movement of
the mid-19th century. The Luminists were characterized by their reverence
for the natural world as divine manifestation. Their use of radiant light
and sensation of space, with their glowing atmospheric effects, evoke an
almost mystical response.
“I particularly admire the work of John Kensett, Sanford Gifford, and Fitz
Hugh Lane. I try to capture the Luminist’s crystalline, transparent light,
for which watercolor is so well suited. Even as a young child I was
mesmerized by their paintings of the American wilderness and found them
Cooper makes his home in the Snohomish River valley near Puget Sound, in
Washington State. Working exclusively in watercolor, his subjects range
from historical to contemporary. His original artwork and limited edition
prints can be found in art galleries on both the East and West coasts and