Born and raised in South Louisiana, Laura Cooper began life surrounded by water. Her childhood home was on the banks of the Vermilion Bayou in Lafayette. She has fond memories of waking in the middle of the night to the distant rumble of tugboats pushing barges from the Gulf of Mexico. While lying in bed, she could see the bright lights of the vessels pass by her bedroom window. This early exposure to the maritime world led her to capture the beauty of sailing on canvas. Her work combines a unique relationship between atmosphere and light while maintaining a painterly feel.
Laura’s first exposure to the Arts came from her father’s side of the family in
Cooperstown, NY. Home of the Baseball Hall of Fame and part of the family who Cooperstown was named after. Her first painting sold in the gallery her grandfather, Dr. Henry Cooper started. Dr. Cooper, a surgeon and a sculpture believed that everyone should be encouraged to make art because it completes the soul.
Laura moved to Boston to attend college and eventually became a nurse while painting on the side. She worked at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston City Hospital. Painting became a way to release stress from her long working hours. She sought out well-known artists including Robert Cormier, David Curtis, and Richard Loud. Early in her career, she focused primarily on plein air painting. Richard Loud recognized Laura’s raw talent and encouraged her to focus on marine art. Presently, she manages Richard’s company, Maritime Art Ltd. Laura paints nearly every day in Richard’s studio, perfecting her technique. When not painting, Laura spends her summer days on a fully restored Alden yawl named Volya.
Laura is a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA).