Meet Jim Cooper
“My father felt that everyone should have something they can do with their hands,” said Cooper. “He also didn’t want me to spend time at loose ends after school, so he set me up with a German goldsmith.”
For four years growing up in Birmingham, Ala., Cooper spent afternoons, weekends and summers beneath the goldsmith. He was initially trained as a jeweler and ended up apprenticed to a blacksmith — a trade which he’s been in engaged in for about 40 years now.
Previously employed as the conservator at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tenn., Cooper has been exhibited internationally, although he’s reluctant to think of himself as a global artist.
“Living in Lunenburg County is somewhat removed from large urban area, so, as an artist, it’s not the best place in the world for me to be in that sense, in a commercial sense. That being said, I do manage to sell a fair amount of work. I would rather live here than in the city … I’ve lived in cities, and they can keep ‘em. (Lunenburg County) is not the best place in the world to sell art, but as far as making art it’s an ideal place. I really treasure our life here,” said Cooper. Click here to read the whole article.