Paintings by Erin Cooke seen at Private Residence, Seattle, Seattle - Splatter Abstraction XII
Paintings by Erin Cooke seen at Private Residence, Seattle, Seattle - Splatter Abstraction XII

Splatter Abstraction XII

Acrylic on canvas, 48"x24".
This piece is part of my Splatter Abstraction Series, described further below.

Splatter Abstraction Series:

At times, many things can seem out of our control or least of uncertain outcome. This is something that I have struggled with over the years, as I generally have felt that with hard work and perseverance, I can achieve whatever goals I put forward. Sometimes, though, this is not effective, and you have to let go and see how things evolve. This is the basis for my “Splatter Abstraction” series. I distinctly remember the night I started working on it, when through a fortuitous accident, I realized how striking the gestural quality of the thrown paint was, and how beautiful the mixing of the bold colors could be in ways that were from a combination of calculated placement and the superimposed randomness of the individual movements. I hope you can also appreciate the spontaneity and joy in color and texture that I found in creating this series.
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Meet the Creator

Certainly there are other physician-artists, but I have a somewhat unusual situation in that I actively work in the visual world not only as a painter but also as a diagnostic radiologist. My artwork is naturally informed by my experiences of daily examination of the human body through medical imaging. My work as a radiologist involves paying attention to numerous subtle details while keeping in mind the overall pathologic process; I find creating art is similar in that you are continually consciously and unconsciously responding to mark making and adjusting small facets, while keeping in mind the piece as a whole.

From a young age, I had deep interest in art, science, and the intersection between the two. I have been fortunate to be able to continue making art throughout my medical education and into practice. I was born and raised in the Midwest and received my BA in Studio Art at Wake Forest University. I have since lived in Houston, New Orleans, and most recently, Seattle.

While I have been influenced by human anatomy, medical imagery, and nature in general to a considerable degree, many of my more recent works have drawn on abstract expressionism. I am interested in conveying movement and emotion using often heavily textured application of acrylic on canvas.

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