Artist Interview: Gale Cochrane

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What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
 Going to art muse­um in Hous­ton, Texas with my mother.
How and when did you start becom­ing an artist yourself?
 At age 49 1/2 began tak­ing art lessons at the Alexan­dria, VA Art League School, com­mon­ly called the Tor­pe­do Fac­to­ry as the school in locat­ed in a WWI tor­pe­do fac­to­ry on the Potomac Riv­er in Alexan­dria which is just across the city board­er from Wash­ing­ton, DC. I planned to retire at age 55 and in addi­tion to plan­ning finan­cial­ly, I want­ed to plan for a hob­by in art. The area had won­der­ful art schools and I took advan­tage of all of them.
What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocabulary?
 The evo­lu­tion is on going! My accom­plish­ments in pur­suit of my pro­fes­sion­al and art career are the result of dogged deter­mi­na­tion. My focus has been study of suc­cess­ful artists work over the cen­turies, as well as con­tem­po­rary artists whose work I enjoy.
What is your process like?
 • My process has been learn­ing the tech­niques and lan­guage of art devel­oped over the course of cen­turies used by mas­ters through the ages such as Piero del­la Francesca, Rem­brandt, Velasquez, Corot, Cezanne, Sar­gent, etc. My approach is human­ist (tra­di­tion­al with abstract/impressionist lean­ings) that view­ers can eas­i­ly under­stand vers­es abstrac­tion in which the paint­ing is up to inter­pre­ta­tion with­out a clear under­stand­ing of the artist’s intent. I believe the job of the artist is to make the view­er look. In my work the inten­si­ty and direc­tion of the light is often enhanced to lead the view­er through the paint­ing thus cap­tur­ing the atten­tion of the view­er while look­ing at work that is com­fort­able in sub­ject. I have been priv­i­leged to have stud­ied with great artists and trav­el both in the Unit­ed States, Europe, and Asia (India) to drink in art from var­i­ous muse­ums and cul­tures. My focus has been on ges­ture, psy­chol­o­gy, and com­po­si­tion while strength­en­ing my artis­tic voice. I have become addict­ed to art!
Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to discuss?
What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
 Val­ue, tem­per­a­ture, col­or inten­si­ty! The basics taught by all art teach­ers over thou­sands of years.
Where do you see your work going from here?
 To a hap­py home! My retire­ment hob­by has result­ed in paint­ings stack­ing up and I’d like to find hap­py homes for many of them. How­ev­er, I sus­pect you are ask­ing about per­son­al growth. My answer to that is to con­tin­ue study­ing of artists I admire and inte­grate tech­niques I find inter­est­ing into my work. Also, to advance the range of sub­jects. For exam­ple, I have recent­ly paint­ed 2 hors­es and find their anato­my, pow­er and beau­ty enjoy­able sub­jects. Also, I may ven­ture into mythol­o­gy as sub­ject mat­ter. The oppor­tu­ni­ties for expan­sion are infinite.
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