When asked about her inspiration for this painting, Barbara answered, "The chairs made me think about the people who lived and worked there. This scene was at one of the side buildings. In my younger days, I was very drawn to painting tea cups, shoes and chairs. Only recently did it occur to me that those objects belonged to someone who was missing. The sets had a lonely feel, but I could never put my finger on the meaning. My paintings for the most part are done from photographs I have taken."
The Work in Progress
Barbara Cooledge earned her B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1981, and she earned her M.F.A. in painting from Boston University in 1986. For her thesis exhibition, Barbara created large scale nonobjective and expressionistic work. She also did etching and intaglio.
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Art by Cooledge