Cody Hooper grew up in North Texas and now lives and works in Santa Fe & Albuquerque, New Mexico. His passion for art began at a young age. As a child he was surrounded by art and music, along with the beauty of the Southwest landscape, inspiring his interest in fine art.
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 as 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. He was deeply interested in the effects of color, texture and the emotional response to strong composition and design. By removing the representational and creating something that told a story without an observational subject matter was very exciting.
Today, Hooper's work is a bold mix of styles, ranging from sleek and contemporary to weathered and organic. He brings a subtle and sophisticated feel to his paintings through a unique balance of color, composition and texture. His work is exhibited in the most prestigious galleries and featured in private and public collections worldwide.
"My primary goal when creating my abstracts is to breathe life into what I do. One of my practices is to make sure that I dont stay locked up in the studio for too long. I get out, explore the world and other forms of art for inspiration. I think this balance helps to keep my creative energy fresh and exciting. This relates to new ideas and the ability to stay excited about what I do everyday. As you can tell by my work, I like to create living emotion in my paintings, like a great song that gives you goosebumps. My wish is to make you want to keep coming back for more so that you may explore your own spirit, inspire who you are and what you want to become in this lifetime. Art can help us grow, heal our hearts, excite our senses and inspire new ideas. Its one of the most valuable gifts to society."
Thank you for following my journey!