“House portrait”: Paul Cochrane’s bright, curvy, surreal style

Albert's Pancakes and Carol's Chocolates
Albert’s Pancakes and Carol’s Chocolates

Strathearn resident and visual artist Paul Cochrane has shown his work at the Strathearn Art Walk since the beginning.


Legend has it, he was the first visual artist to sell a piece of work at the inaugural event in 2011. Cochrane recalls, “early in the day of the first art walk ,I sold an original to (former MLA) David Dorward.”


The Windsor, Nova Scotia native has been drawing since his first day at school but only decided in 2012 to devote himself to his art full time.


A job opportunity with AGT brought him to Edmonton in 1980. “I became a technical illustrator for Telus Learning Services department. It was here I was fortunate to have a job where I could use what drawing skills I had and develop them further.”


Working in various mediums over the years, Cochrane has developed what he calls, “the house portrait.” The drawings are done in a bright, curvy, surreal style with whatever medium a client chooses; pen and ink, markers, watercolours etc.


Cochrane is looking forward to this year’s art walk. He has some new work to display and lots of affordable prints. Be sure to stop by his table, connect with a neighbourhood artist and maybe find something you want to buy.


Written by Andrew Struthers

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