Roger Cooke Pacific Nw Signed Framed Native American Oil Painting River Woman
Portland, Oregon artist, Roger Cooke (1941-2012) - framed oil painting on board “River Woman” - Rustic wood frame measures 28" x 24", painting measures 18" x 14".
Note: Item was purchased from the artist Roger Cooke at his studio in 2011. Roger Cooke said the subject was a woman from the Wasco tribe and living at the Warm Springs Reservation, and the setting was along the bank of the Sandy River in front of his home. Roger Cooke said he painted “River Woman” in the mid-1990s. Roger Cooke adds abstract qualities to the background making his paintings more unique.
Roger Cooke (1941 - 2012)
Roger Cooke was born on January 24, 1941 in Portland, Oregon. His interest in fine art began in his adolescence with his enrollment in Art Instruction School's Correspondence Course. He would eventually attend Portland State University for two years in its art program before finishing a four-year bachelor’s degree in illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles in 1970. His freelance-illustration career began in Oregon after two years with Jackson-Zendor Studio in Indianapolis, Indiana. His career in oil painting began in 1974.
He married Edna Stoltzfus on September 20th, 1969 and had four children. The two of them spent the last 40 years of his life in Sandy, Oregon, where much of his illustrations and paintings were created. His inspiration drew most heavily upon the nature of Oregon and the life of pioneers and Native Americans. Roger Cooke heavily researched his motifs before painting. His style is best known for its soft backgrounds and realistic people.
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