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Winner of the Summer 2011 Competition
Art as a medium for change.
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acrylic on paper
13 x 18 in
350. usd        

artist statement

I am a self taught artist whose wish is to create art that evokes emotion through color.  I once was told that my art looks dreamy, and although that is not my objective, many pieces I’ve done were influenced by my memories and dreams.

I have worked with many different types of media over the years, but am most comfortable with acrylics and pen and ink.  Not just for their versatility, but also, as funny as it sounds, for its easy clean up!  The thing is that, although I have been making art in some form ever since I was a child, I haven’t pursued art as a career until about two years ago when I became a mom; that profound experience made me look at my life in a more honest way.  The fears that I’d harbored about not being good enough or not being taken seriously for my lack of formal training disappeared, and what I was left with was a strong urge to share my art with the world regardless of the outcome.  I wanted to be able to tell my son one day that mom pursued her dreams and did what she truly loved to do.

“Wishful Thinking” as you see it here was my third attempt; the first two I attempted in different media that ultimately just didn’t feel right.  I’m aware of the absurdity of my chosen subject matter for this piece, hence the title.  But after all, how great it would be if we buried all the guns in the world and they would grow into trees?  It would sure make for a better world.


Magdalena Cooney was born and raised in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) by professional artist parents.  Her father was a well known theater set designer, puppet maker and children’s books illustrator, and her mom was a theater set painter and industrial design artist. Magdalena spent most of her childhood under communism where the lack of materialistic possessions she now believes fuelled her young mind’s imagination and made of her the artist she is today. Growing up among artist parents and their large group of creative and expressive actor, writer and painter friends, she felt constantly challenged and inspired by them. They were her first critics and never held anything back.

She has been living in the United States for the past 14 years and spends her days taking care of her young son and, during any free moment, painting and trying to establish her art career.