Cookson, Master Painter and Poet
to Artist by © Rocío Heredia
Slayer" by Christopher Cookson. (2004) The cover artist for
this beautiful book is done by Rocio Heredia. The lovely Rocio is
a metalsmith artist who resides in Monterrey, Mexico. About This
Book: This book contains a large selection of inspirational quotes
and sayings from Christopher Cookson that fights against the vanities
of Man. The author speaks on subjects of terrorism, war, religion,
and much more. Please visit :
Christopher Cookson. Author/Fine Artist :
Artwork of Christopher Raingem Cookson, which is a result of his
own introspection, seems to be very visionary. In his Art I can
see peace, bright, brave, and sensuality. In his Poetry I can read
serenity, sentiment and tenderness. Christopher Raingem Cookson
has two forms of Muscular Dystrophy, but this is not an obstacle
for him... He has an iron will and is extremely talented. He is
an example to follow for all who are not living with this syndrome.
He is a seed of hope for those who have MD.
is Raingem, would you please introduce yourself?Hi, I am
the artist Raingem, a painter and poet from Kansas, USA. My full
name is Christopher Raingem Cookson.
When did your career as an artist begin?
I began drawing at age 5, and continued to draw all throughout my
School years. I didn't take Art seriously until after I finished
receiving my writing degree. So, in my late teens my career began.
understand that you are self taught. What were the first influences
to your Art work?
My mother had books of master painters laying around the house,
and I was inspired by looking at them first.
do you think you not having a formal Art education has affected
you as an artist?
It made me much better as my spirit was put to take a different
road...a road that led me to great discoveries.
What are the essential parts of your creative processes?
I would say making the Art vibrant, and using colors that make my
works shine, in a word what I see within my soul.
you begin a new piece, do you have everything defined beforehand such
as motif, colors, lights, textures, etc.? When I begin a new
piece, the picture is already finished in my mind...I take all the colors
I see, all the lines, and the styles, and I use them the way I see is
exhibiting paintings and drawings with several motifs including everyday
life, outdoor settings, atmosphere, weather and lightness, we even find
an abstract background, but in essence, which is your favorite subject?
My favorite subject to paint is landscapes...I have a deep desire for
In comparison with your earlier pieces, do you see a creative
evolution in more recent works?
My recent works are blooming more mature than my earlier works. In my
early works, I was in the process of trying to find my own styles. Today,
I see my Art more peaceful, more colorful, more vibrant, and I see my
spirit expressing his visions more clearer.
Your inspiration is what makes your work unique. You put this
in your paintings as well as your written words. What is Poetry to you?
Poetry for me is the language of life as well as death. In poetry, I can
express my thoughts in a way that only I can really understand, and that
is what I try to do in my paintings...I try to be mystical so to speak.
Is there an underlying reason for your putting all of your hopes,
desires, and fears onto paper?
Yes, to be an inspiration to others, and to place my spirit in writings
and upon canvases so I may be seen as a person that has a great love for
arts and life itself.
You seem to enjoy metaphor, what do you believe people will discover
in your poetry?
They will see nature, life, death, and the trials I had to overcome in
life. They will also discover love in my poetry, whether on my soulmate
or life itself.
Rocío said: An everyday discovery
Chris: Yes, absolutely.
What is the connection between the artist-painter and the poet?
Can you find that connection between the artist and the poet? Or are they
two separate things?
There is only one connection, the artist-painter, poet both connect with
my passion for discovering what is inside of me.
Do you believe people knowing your biography and personal details
will be influenced on how you appear to them as an artist?
Which artists do you admire and how do they have an influence
in your style? Van Gogh, Michelangelo, Kahlil Gibran, and Giuseppe
Tampieri. I love impressionism and realism as well, and those artists
inspired me to paint. Kahlil Gibran was my first major influence, because
his Art is very spiritual.
What do you feel is the major significance of your career?
That I have quickly emerged as a master artist...so many people have blessed
me with their kindness and kept inspiring me to paint and write. Without
them, I have no reason to paint and write.
You have learned to see your own life as a challenge, in the sense
that you find yourself confronted with something that requires an exceptional
effort, are you feeling this is difficult to execute?
Having a disability with MD (muscular dystrophy) makes it very hard to
paint, but as much as I enjoy Art, I do all I can and I don't let it stand
in my way.
Do you feel that pretty much like in my case, that thanks to my
disease I discovered my love for metals, it was MD the reason why you
discovered your passion for painting?
Yes, you might have taken a different road. MD left me with very few things
to choose from. I chose painting.
How do you think Internet will affect Art?
It will allow a broader audience see more Art, and to sell more as well.
The internet for me has brought me many visitors from all over the world,
which is great for all of us artists.
Is there anything you would like to say to emerging artists and
writers? I would say to those who are emerging, you must work
to the end, and through hard work, everything pays off very abundantly.
What are your aspirations?
My only aspiration is to be a better artist.
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