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Exciting news! Your first glimpse of the long-anticipated, “Chandani and the Ghost of the Forest”! Being published by Wombat Books, and due for release in May 2019, it is fantastic to see the cover!

What do you think? I think its going to be amazing to see all the illustrations pull together as a book! Im looking forward to having a copy in my hands.

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Lara Cooper



I have a new exhibition opening on the 6th December! Would love you to get along…and there’s plenty of time, its open until the 5th February. Venue: Sarah’s Unplugged, 31 Maple St. Maleny, QLD., Australia.

“Mindful of Beauty is the latest exhibition for painter Lara Cooper, and her very first in Maleny.

The work is a collection of painting “snapshots”, each chosen to represent and draw attention to something beautiful about the ordinary parts of daily life. The exhibition is an invitation to linger in those moments, appreciating the things we often take for granted as we hurry by.”


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Hey everyone…more info to come, but get it in your diary! Im having a solo exhibition in the lovely Sarah’s Unplugged in Maleny, Queensland. Opening 6th December and running until the end of January, Id love it if you could come and see my latest work. After three solo exhibitions in South Australia, this is my first exhibition opportunity in Queensland. Come along!

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August 20, 2018

Hey all, its been so long since I last wrote a blog that my old blog had grown cobwebs and looked literally dusty. So I decided it was time for a new start.

LOTS has been happening in my world. This year has been an opportunity for me to reset stacks of things; new paintings, this blog, and a new shiny website. Yay! Thanks heaps to Beck at Berekah Communication Design for the website upgrade!

After several years of busy, busy pace (house renovating, studying a degree and then moving interstate and then…illustrating a book) I finally have time to get things rolling again in the world of art.

Dhiiyaan, Bethel, in Dalby QLD.

Recently, I installed several of my paintings in a shop in Maleny QLD., called Poshippie. Its a great space in the main street and Jen, the owner, is dedicated to supporting local artisans. Her plus-size clothing line is also all made in Maleny. Worth a visit.

Im working on a new body of work at the moment. Towards the end of the year Ill be having a few months hanging space in another well known local art space, Sarah’s Unplugged. More news on that later. For the moment, Im painting, painting, painting.

A few weeks ago I was privileged to be able to paint a mural for the Dhiyaan community in Dalby, QLD. This was a profound and memorable experience, with the mural being a colla-

Afternoon at Dhiiyaan, Bethel, in Dalby QLD.

boration between me and one of the community members, Larry. A very special process of lived reconciliation.

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