Holy Glow, Holy Isle, Arran
Original: Mixed Media on Glass
Born in 1978 and originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, Cohen has travelled extensively and draws inspiration for her work wherever she goes. Since 2011, she has resided in Glasgow, Scotland and consequently the beautiful landscapes of Scotland have become the focus of her recent work, with an emphasis on the sky, the mountains, trees and water. Although white, grey, greens and deep blue tones associated with Scotland predominate, a hint of turquoise can often be found in her work, a reference to her love of the tropics, where she lived for many years. Her fascination with Birch trees and wide-open skies provide an allegorical link from the memories of her farm upbringing on the prairies of Saskatchewan, to more recent experiences in her newly adopted home of Scotland.
Formal training came courtesy of a Diploma in Foundation Art and Design from Jobswell College, Carmarthen in Wales. But never one to sit still, Cohen has always enjoyed experimenting and since leaving College has developed a unique approach to painting on glass using mixed media and multiple layers to give depth and perspective to her work. This technique often involves painting in reverse, which can be satisfying, but is often nerve wracking. As Cohen herself puts it: painting in reverse requires a huge amount of concentration and planning together with faith building up different colours and layers from the reverse side and not being able to look at the final result until the back of the glass has dried and can be turned over! Many of Cohen's new works are being framed in whisky barrel staves, making each piece completely one of a kind.
In addition to her work as an artist, Cohen is a tireless promoter of the Arts and is involved in a number of Art promoting activities, most notably curating the Annual 'Art for Care' Exhibition in aid of the Marie Curie Foundation.