Beth Cooper was born and raised in Kailua, Hawai’i. The beach and ocean are her playground. She graduated from Oregon State University with a Fine Arts Degree in Textile Design. She has been a Wild land Fire Fighter, aSchool Teacher for at-risk kids in lock-up as well as middle school students, and is now a full time artist in Maui, Hawai’i.
Living in Hawai’i all her life, she has been able to travel to Tahiti, American Samoa, Australia, Nepal, Marshall Islands, Greek Isles, Canada, and all around the U.S. Beth has found wonderful ideas for her art during these travels. There are some amazing artists she has found in some of the smallest villages.
“I never felt like I was confined to painting the grass green, the sky blue, or cows black and white. I decided, after not much pondering, that color is what makes the world go round.”
She keeps busy with her paintings, competing in outrigger canoe paddling, surfing, back packing where ever there are high mountains, and teaching kids about art as well as how to begood human beings. She works with students at her middle school: painting the walls with murals, creating large mosaic pieces, and even painted flags of the world on a road where kids walk by, which is visible on Google Earth!
Because of Beth’s use of color, her art is described as Fauvism. People want to jump into her paintings and live in her world of color. Her work is found all over the U.S. as well as other countries. Purple coconut trees are found in Texas, hot sunny beaches are found in Canada, and tropical flowers and papayas are found in Tennessee and North Carolina to name a few places.
“Come into my world of color! There really is a world where the grass is blue, the sky yellow, and the cows just might be pink.”