About the artist:
MJ Cooper finds painting to be therapeutic. Painting allows the artist to express feelings and reach for something more. Most paintings are created after meditation. Gardening also inspires to artist. MJ Cooper mostly uses acrylic paints, vibrant colors, and texture, on canvas.
MJ Cooper is based in Columbus Ohio and is an artist who is self-taught. MJ Cooper has been painting since the age of eleven. Suffering from residual side effects from viral meningitis, painting is therapeutic for the artist. The lasting side effects are visual, neurological and audible impairments. MJ regained vision after losing it for six months due severe photophobia, another side effect of meningitis. MJ’s feelings are expressed through painting. MJ’s paintings have been in the Art Possible Ohio Art Tour 2020 and 2021, Franklin County Treasures Office Art Exhibit, Art on Permanent Display at The Cleveland Clinic Pain Management Clinic , Art on Permanent Display at SEIU KY/WV/OH Headquarters, and Ohio Congressional 3rd District Art Show 2020, Springfield Art Museum 2021, DEMO Art Gallery Madrid Italy 2021, Kennedy Center Award of Excellence 2021. Through the artist’s pain and struggles, beautiful art has been created. It gives hope and speaks to perseverance