For as long as I can remember I have been interested in details. Not the bigger picture but the finer intricacies, the colours and textures of life. I prefer to find beauty in the bark and lichen on a tree rather than the forest itself. The striations of a rock, the folds of fabric, the wrinkles of skin or the rust and the peeling paint on a weathered object. My work is mostly trying to capture this through colour and texture and the impact it has on our emotions.
Living in Cornwall for many years, my work is inspired by the textures and colours of its rugged coastline and landscape. Its geology and history. Cornwall is steeped in magic and myth. I believe in its magic, the intrinsic wonder and beauty of the natural world. With all of its cycles of life and death and transformation. The energy it raises and transmutes, forever changing. To me abstract art can represent this perfectly. It is alchemy for the soul and often healing for the mind.
Cook born in Reading, but with family roots in Cornwall, felt she had finally come home 25 years ago. Cornwall's rugged industrial landscapes, beautiful coastlines and rich mineral heritage have driven her creatively for all these years. However, it was only after a succession of untimely bereavements and changes to her life that she picked up a paintbrush, discovering a positive way to process her grief. She has painted prolifically since, producing a large body of highly personal work connecting her love of the natural world and human emotion, with a focus on texture and the transformations of age and decay.
Over the years, she has had work in art exhibitions physically and online, and recently been part of a collection of works in the book 'Women Inspiring Quotes and Artistic Responses' and one of the featured artists in 'The Flux Review - Edition 3'.