Gail Cochrane

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Gail Cochrane

B. Gail Cochrane is retired from Northrop Grum­man where she worked as a senior com­put­er sys­tems engi­neer and pro­gram man­ag­er for over 20 years. In prepa­ra­tion for retire­ment, she began tak­ing art class­es at the Cor­co­ran School of Art in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. and the Alexan­dria Art League School, Tor­pe­do Fac­to­ry, Alexan­dria, VA. She was priv­i­leged to study under artists such as Robert (Rob) Lib­er­ace, Susan Abbott, Richard (Rick) Weaver, Bill Chris­ten­ber­ry, and Natasha Moki­no while liv­ing in the Wash­ing­ton, D.C. area. Addi­tion­al­ly, she has stud­ied at Stu­dio Incam­mi­nati, Philadel­phia, PA which was found­ed by Nel­son Shanks; La Romi­ta School of Art, Terni, Umbria, Italy; and The Acad­e­my of Art, St. Peters­burg, Rus­sia. Gail has also been for­tu­nate to have trav­eled with artists to Greece, Ire­land, France, Eng­land, and India as well as sites with­in the Unit­ed States. Gail is a “Muse­um Junkie” and feels for­tu­nate to have vis­it­ed art muse­ums through­out her travels.

The style of my paint­ings is Abstract Real­ism which presents beau­ty in clas­si­cal clar­i­ty com­fort­ably under­stood by all view­ers while abstract­ing ele­ments with­in the paint­ing such as light, edges, sprin­kled with impres­sion­ist touch­es with­in the paint­ing. My intent is to engage the view­er to inter­pret the paint­ing that entice feel­ings of plea­sure. The tech­niques of this human­is­tic style have evolved over cen­turies as great mas­ters, such as Michelan­ge­lo, Velasquez, Rem­brandt, Corot, Sar­gent, etc. built upon the wis­dom of oth­ers who came before them. I have been priv­i­leged to study with inter­na­tion­al­ly rec­og­nized artists such as Robert Lib­er­ace at schools in the Unit­ed States, Europe, and India. It has also been my plea­sure to spend a great amount of time in acclaimed art muse­ums such as the Wash­ing­ton, DC where we lived for 25 years as well as Europe and India. A high­light of my stud­ies study­ing at the Russ­ian Acad­e­my in St. Peters­burg, Rus­sia where I spent days vis­it­ing the Her­mitage and oth­er out­stand­ing museums. 
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