Born and raised in Southern California, Coko has spent time in the beach areas, local mountains and the deserts. All of theses environments have shaped her work.
Eclectic in both her media as well as subject matter, Coko paints in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel. She paints on wood, linen panels, canvas, paper and musical instruments – as a musician she enjoys blending the two creative forms. Her subject matter includes landscape, portrait and still life, painted in a variety of genres that include realism, impressionism, expressionism as well as abstraction. Coko also works in wood, glass, clay, fibers and found objects.
Coko has participated in many group shows and solo exhibitions in San Diego and Los Angeles over the years. Although self-taught, Coko continuously pursues her artistic growth, both in knowledge and skill, through participation in formal and informal workshops, as well as collaboration with other artists and teaching. See Coko's art on her painting pages.
Music is another one of Coko's passions. She is a vocalist who plays guitar and bass as well as some indigenous flutes. Coko works solo as well as in several groups. She is versed in a variety of genres and will be looking for a good fit for her musical endeavors in Arizona. Listen to some clips of Coko's music on her music page.
My approach to art is multi-directional. I believe that working in different mediums and, at times, combining them, can open doors that may not be available by having a singular focus. This is not a popular approach in many professional artistic arenas, but I don’t let this discourage me and I continue to stretch my creative limbs as far as I am able. I believe that all media holds some magic within and I am continually surprised by employing various modes of expression.
Much of what inspires me is contained in nature. I am always studying my surroundings looking to capture a moment in time that moves me to create. Human nature is something I also enjoy exploring with my work . The world that I perceive is an ever-changing combination of elements far too vast to constrain in one form.
Creating art gives me the opportunity to communicate with others through non-verbal channels.