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Cody Hooper

Cody Hooper an American contemporary abstract impressionist grew up in Texas and now lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Cody Hooper was given the opportunity to study under Southwest watercolor artist, Barbara Hughes, for several years. This set his foundation as an artist, and throughout his early years he focused primarily on realistic watercolors. After many years of painting in watercolors, Hooper moved forward, experimenting with abstracts in various mediums. This pushed him to expand his horizons and tap into new areas of painting he had not yet explored. There was an obvious freedom and personal expression with abstraction and it was then that he really began to flourish. Cody Hooper is excellent young talent in abstract impressionism movement.

"Most of my artistic inspiration comes from nature and textured

materials. When I was younger I painted landscapes and old trees. I was inspired by the subtle colors and rough textures of stone. I was intrigued by the old, weathered walls, oxidized metals and historical papers. I like to replicate this sensibility and texture in my work"

Cody Hooper about his paintings: Coming from a watercolor background I enjoy painting in layers. I slightly thin my paint or use glazes for transparency and let the textures and colors build with each layer. At times I may sand down portions of the piece, letting the colors from underneath come through. I like to create work that has amazing depth and under-glowing effects to evoke a certain richness missing in abstract art today. I enjoy getting the viewer involved, leaving them wanting to reach out and touch the work. I have an intellectual approach to everything I do and want to create a painting that is interesting to study. There is nothing worse to me than the same old thing or art that lacks interest of some kind...

its a journey, a story and should excite and inspire the viewer, adding to and enriching the life they live. I think collectors should look at art as a personal and emotional investment. When viewers look at my work I know they can see the heart and soul that I put into every piece. I'm not an artist to be famous or make money. I do it because its all I know and I'm truly passionate about creating. I was born an artist and that's why I feel like my work is so unique. I don't study other artists too deeply or follow the trends. I paint from within and don't stray. Its spontaneous, natural and every bit who I am as a person.

Cody Hooper's paintings can be found in these gallerise: Pippin Contemporary in Santa Fe, Russell Collection in Austin, Artamo Gallery in Santa Barbara and Dean Lively Gallery in Edmond.