Cooper’s Shed is the first in a short series of paintings I am doing on the small, nearly ghost town, of Cooper’s Falls. This is a shed that sits behind the old Community Hall across from Frank Cooper’s childhood home and the old store. The building is nearly absorbed by the forest behind it, but still stands strong – much like the town it resides in. Frank is the grandson of the town’s founder.
In late 2009, I had the opportunity to visit inside the General Store with Mr. Cooper himself.
From the book:
Coloured lights across a dark road belie the sleeping town. The water continues to fall, the mill wheels ceased and gone. A small window lets in the November chill, animating the curtains in the hall. Steam rises from one last pot of coffee before the heat is claimed by the ice and snow of winters grip.