Piece description from the artist
The "Cosmic Cow" is the first in the artist's series of "whimsical" animals, and the namesake of The Cosmic Cow Society, a group formed to promote the arts in the NC Triad community. It has been featured in magazines, newspapers, and even on TV. One of its most striking features is the subject's dominance of the canvas, while still achieving a dynamic composition with the subject looking straight at the viewer. Without an overriding sense of light and shadow, the cow is presented in pink, magenta, and earth tones and surrounded by a sea of complementary greens. Its body is given a defined outline and an "aura" surrounds the cow, lending its unearthly name.
A self-taught artist, Scott Plaster subscribed to The Artists’ Magazine as a teenager and immersed himself in art history and technique books of a broad variety. He maintained these interests into adulthood, but did not initially pursue a career in art.
After receiving a master’s in English from Appalachian State University in 1995, Plaster began his career at IBM. From the company’s Raleigh, North Carolina, location, he led the education function for its worldwide retail division. Plaster led his team to create IBM retail’s first technology-based training courses on CD-ROM and the internet.
Most recently, Plaster and about a dozen other North Carolina artists formed an organization devoted to promoting the arts in their community. Named “The Cosmic Cow Society” after one of Plaster’s paintings, the group meets monthly to discuss, share, and present topics on art, philosophy, music, and other cultural themes. It also hosts several shows annually, which feature local North Carolina artists.