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Artist's Statement

I consider myself a contemporary representational artist. A 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.


Represented by Dacia Gallery, NYC where she had her third solo show in May 2017, and Haven Gallery, Northport, NY. Cook 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, OH, Mattatuck Museum Ct, National Academy Museum, NY, Hudson River Museum, NY, and the Maritiem Muzeeum of Vlissingen, Netherlands.

Cook's work has been featured in the New York Times weekend section and reviewed and in the Times of Trenton, NJ, Fine Art Connoisseur, The Brooklyn Rail, events section,, The Epoch Times, The American Art Collector, American Artist Magazine, the Gallery and Studio Magazine, The Times Square Chronicle, (which made a Youtube video of her last solo show at Dacia), Fine Art Connoisseur, NBC's 'Dateline' program, the 'Da Vinci Code', The Pastel Journal, The New York Optimist, Drawing Magazine, The International Artist Magazine, and The PleinAir Salon Art Competition. Her portraits have appeared on the front cover of Alzheimer's Foundation of America, the Art Students League Lines Magazine and in Poets and Artists Magazine.

Over the years she has received many awards for excellence, including finalists in the Arc Center Renewal and The Portrait Society of America 2017; Two awards 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.

Cook teaches workshops at the Art Students League, NYC, and holds a weekly class at the Pastel Society of America, NYC. Recently, she taught workshops in France and was a guest lecturer at Southern University of Utah. Over the past few years she has been invited to judge and jury shows at a number of arts organizations and currently serves as a member of the Arts Committee at the Salmagundi Club.

Cook studied at the National Academy of Art and Design and Art Students League, NYC, and has a degree in the History of Art from de Montford University, UK. Her work is in many private collections in the US, UK, Panama, Israel and the permanent collection of the Trenton City Museum, NJ.

Sept 2016 .

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