Over the summer, my wife and I wandered into the Koplin Del Rio Gallery, here in Seattle. There was a group exhibition on display and I wanted to see the latest piece by Wisconsin artist, Melissa Cooke. 'Dream Bigger' was the first piece of Melissa's that I've seen in person and her drawing was outstanding. I'd been a fan of Melissa's for a few years, after she debuted her 'No Place Like Home' series. Melissa states "The images are drawn from scenes I found in my daily life while walking the streets of Brooklyn". My favorite piece from this series was 'NYC Trash', which depicts a hornless unicorn (decapitated horn also pictured) amidst the discarded coffee cups and unwanted papers, that comprise urban rejectamenta. There is beauty in decay, pervading throughout this piece.
A big thank you to Melissa for helping facilitate this purchase. I am honored to own one of your originals.