The common thread through out my work is my fascination with the figure; it’s timeless, beautiful and powerful. Additional inspiration comes from a variety of sources ranging from the old masters to modern day advertising, graffiti and body art. My goal is to combine these elements, along with my own imagination into a cohesive, strong statement that intrigues and engages the viewer.
Cook had her second solo show at Dacia Gallery in 2014 and her next is slated for 2016. She has exhibited at galleries and institutions including the United Nations, NY, and through out New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio and Southern Carolina where she participated in 2014 in the ‘Women Painting Women’ exhibition. In 2013 she participated in the Fountain Art Show, at the Armory, NY, and had her work shown in France, Germany, and Romania as part of Dacia Universal Art Project. Museum shows include a four-person invitational at the Trenton City Museum, NJ., Canton Museum, Ohio, Mattatuck Museum Ct, National Academy Museum, NY., Hudson River Museum, NY., and the Maritiem Muzeeum of Vlissingen, Netherlands.
Cook’s work was featured on NBC’s ‘Dateline’ program, the ‘Da Vinci Code’ and has appeared in the New York Times and reviewed and noted in the Times of Trenton, NJ, The Brooklyn Rail, NYArtbeat.com events section, Artdaily.org, The Epoch Times, The American Art Collector, American Artist Magazine, the Gallery and Studio Magazine, The Times Square Chronicle, TheGreatNude.tv (which made a video of her last solo show at Dacia), Fine Art Connoisseur, The Pastel Journal, and The New York Optimist. Her portrait painting of “Winky’ appeared on the front cover of the Art Students League Lines Magazine and in the June 2014 issue of Poets and Artists magazine.
Over the years she has received many awards for excellence, including Honorable mention at the Portrait Society of America Annual Member Show, a Gold and Silver medal from the Allied Artists of America and The Salmagundi Club; A Master Circle Medal award from The International Association of Pastel Societies, Best in Show from the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. Cook is an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, Pastel Society of America, The Allied Artists of America, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and America Artists Professional League. She teaches at the Pastel Society of America and runs workshops in France. Her work is in many private collections in the US, UK, Panama, Israel and the permanent collection of the Trenton City Museum, NJ.
Originally from the UK, Cook studied at the National Academy School of Art and the Art Students League in New York City, and holds a BA in Art History with honors from the De Montfort University, England, UK.