Jeffery Cooper worked as a mathematician for 40 years before doing sculpture, but he does not attempt to use mathematically generated curves and shapes in his sculpture. Nevertheless the mathematical experience informs his work in an indirect fashion.
He works in wood because it is always alive, always changing, through shrinking and expanding, darkening from light, and aging by weather when outdoors. Rather than carving in a single piece of wood, he usually forms a construction from many pieces, combining grains and figures in the wood. His sculptures are made to attract the eye and invite the viewer to look at details. The sculptures have associations beyond those of the physical object, but do not need extensive explanation. His work has been shown in local galleries and juried shows.
Color, shapes, lines, and how they occupy space are the main concerns of painter Rebecca Hirsh, whether she is working figuratively or abstractly. Her ideas come from drawings from life around her as well as from past sketchbook compositions. Sometimes the materials themselves become the starting point of a new idea or direction. She works on several pieces at a time, one piece often influencing another.
Rebecca’s work has been shown in the Washington, DC, area at several local galleries and businesses. She has also illustrated books, among them The Mother’s Almanac, by Washington journalist Marguerite Kelly. Her twenty-year career as a picture researcher, locating images to use in illustrated books, in exhibits for art, science and history museums, and on US postage stamps was a contributing visual experience. She studied painting and design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from American University.