"Extreme Southeast Georgia" by Don Cooper

Don Cooper (b. 1944)
Extreme Southeast Georgia
Oil on canvas
60 x 70 inches
Museum purchase; 1992.011

Don Cooper was inspired to paint this work after a visit to the old Andrew Carnegie family estate, now in ruins, located on Cumberland Island, off the coast of Georgia. Cooper felt that the architectural make-up of the gardens, particularly the stone archways were reminiscent of a Buddhist shrine. Because such a space seemed so uncharacteristic of any other Southern garden that Cooper had encountered, he felt it necessary to capture a sense of this place in a painting. He took photographs of the area and incorporated aspects of the setting into this work. At the time, Cooper's subject matter largely focused on wetland areas, demonstrated by the mystic water scene in the background of Extreme Southeast Georgia.