Everyone needs something that they do just for themselves, something that nourishes the spirit and keeps the pressures of life at bay. We all need to have one thing that symbolizes the space that exists in your heart where you are a perfect being. This is my one thing that I do just for me, when I don’t care if anyone is watching, the world stands still and it is just the clay, the model and me. I sculpt for me. I was born in Moscow ID in the mid 70’s into a loving, artistically late blooming family. My grandmother was a self-taught master woodcarver who spent the last 40 years of her life creating incredibly realistic birds and intricate gunstocks. My mother took up painting after spending the first 20 years of my life telling me that she couldn’t draw, and now produces exquisite representations of life in oil and pastel. My father, internationally known artist Randy Cooper, decided to try his hand at sculpture at the age of 46 and now creates stunningly lifelike shadow sculptures. I was fortunate enough to realize my genetic potential a little earlier. I believe that you learn everyday, from every experience that you have. I am a dog owner, a plant lover, a dancer, a daughter, a sister, and a friend. I have been a carhop, a pizza delivery driver, an artist’s assistant, a salesperson, a woodworker, a certified computer technician, a custom Framing professional, and while I’ve learned a little more about living from everything that I’ve done, none of those things compares with the joy of creation that comes from sculpting. I do what brings me joy, and perhaps my joy will inspire a little more light into your day as well.