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Biography

     

Don Cooper returned to art after a long design career to visually express his experiences as a community hospice volunteer. He now creates themed illustrations that tell a story, the traditional role for visual art. His newest series is "Memories" where Cooper illustrates childhood memories, incorporating in each image the neurons that let us form memories.

Cooper uses the latest computer software to create his digital illustrations. He has a BFA in Industrial Design from the California College of Arts. He was employed as an Industrial Design Consultant with GE in Schenectady, NY, prior to starting his own business.

He was founder and principal of Design Matrix Inc., Amsterdam, NY. Established in 1976, Design Matrix offered services in Industrial Design, Model Making, and Digital Animation. Cooper retired in early 2011. He now volunteers for hospice, tutors pre-GED students, and enjoys using his design skills to create emotional art. He is married with two sons and four grandchildren.

He has shown in juried shows at Saratoga Arts in Saratoga Springs, NY, Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, NY, Arnot Museum in Elmira, NY, South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, MA., Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA,  New Jersey Art Guild, Rahway, NJ, Pocono Arts, Stroudsburg, PA, and NY Hall of Science, Queens, NY. He had a solo show at the Marie Louise Trichet Gallery of Wisdom House, Litchfield, CT. Yates Gallery at Siena Collage is hosting a solo show "Sayings Visualized" from Jan.17 to May 24, 2017. He is a member of Saratoga Arts, Saratoga Springs, NY, the Cambridge Art Association in Cambridge, MA., and the Art & Science Collaborations, Inc., in New York City.