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Andrea Cook | Sharing the Inner Light

While many artists focus on one theme, subject, or medium, artist Andrea Cook, creates art

that resonates on many levels. Coming from a rich, diverse art education background, Andrea

finds that her passion lies in diverse realms. As a multimedia artist, she specializes in

textiles with mixed media elements, ceramic, sculpture, and painting. She plays with texture,

pattern and repetition to create unity in each unique piece. While she’s not afraid to take

risks and experiment, Andrea employs her imagination and inner light to create a connection

with her viewer.

Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Andrea discovered her artistic desires early on and received a

lot of encouragement to follow her dreams. Although she remained close with both her

parents, who divorced when she was six, she spent most of her time with her mother.

This close relationship influenced Andrea’s later work and provided her with artistic sustenance

during trying times.

“I was interested in art at an early age and began taking all the summer art classes that I could take," Andrea elaborates. My first classes at the community center were drawing, watercolor, and ceramics. I continued art through high school, where I enjoyed jewelry making, metals, ceramics, and printmaking. The high school that I attended had many art options, and I have always loved exploring new media.”

Andrea felt that exploring different media was more exciting than painting and drawing. She soon decided to pursue art at the collegiate level at the University of North Texas in Denton, where she chose photography as her main focus. Soon, however, she became frustrated, as photography seemed to become something commonplace, with the advent of digital photography.

“My desire was to make one-of-a-kind, original art,” explains Andrea. “No longer gaining fulfillment in photography, I transferred to UT El Paso, where I fell in love with sculpture, and switched my major to sculpture and painting. I went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture and Painting in December of 2004, graduated with honors, and was inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society."

After college, Andrea stayed in El Paso and southern New Mexico for a couple of years and continued to explore different artistic endeavors in her spare time. “I was working on large scale, soft sculpture installation,” she explains. “It was at this same time that I started the ‘Garden of Roses’ as a large, soft sculpture, temporary installation.”

The ‘Garden of Roses’ project is composed of hand dyed fabrics made from canvas, burlap, cotton, muslin, and denim that were then shaped into rose designs ranging in color, shapes, and sizes. Andrea would then mount them on canvas with an archival quality glue. Each design was textural and sculptural in nature, which made them irresistible to touch!

In 2007, Andrea moved to North Carolina, where she maintained three different art jobs while continuing to sculpt. “I worked as a ceramic studio manager and ceramic instructor for kids and adults at the Community Arts Project. While employed there, I also did purchasing, mixing glazes, firing kilns, and general studio maintenance. In addition, I learned a variety of different skills while working at a frame shop and art gallery, and was involved in several art projects within the community."

Simultaneously, Andrea began developing her ‘Garden of Roses’ in a format that would allow for permanent displays in collector’s homes. She also maintained many different ceramic projects. When she moved to Oregon in 2010, the ‘Garden of Roses’ pieces were steadily receiving more interest and attention. Collectors began commissioning work, and Andrea found herself increasingly engaged in her art.

“I love for my art to be beautiful, colorful, and textural working with pattern and repetition to create unity,” says Andrea of her creative process. “I like for my work to create an illusion and for it to connect to the viewer. I try to bring out my own imagination and inner light in each piece. I always have an idea of how I want an art piece to go, but I try to let the work happen naturally.”

In addition to her ‘Garden of Roses’ project, Andrea has created a ceramic series she calls, 'Dream Catcher Masks,' a self portrait series:

“This project actually began as a challenge from a friend of mine who is always doing self-portraits,” says Andrea. “I feel like self portraits have always been a weakness for me, so I took the challenge. Throughout my life, I have always experienced vivid dreams of other places and times. I began with a clay sculpture of my face, then drew and carved patterns from my journal onto the surface. Different combinations of trinkets and treasures were added, creating dimension and personality."

Andrea continued moving forward with her art and with life, especially after her mother, suffering from cervical cancer, passed away in April of 2015. She had moved back to Dallas to help care for her mother full time but never swayed from her creativity. Her mission remains strong in communicating and engaging her viewer through her many dynamic pieces.

She continues to work with a variety of techniques, in a wide range of media. Exploration, risk taking, change, and growth have all contributed to the techniques that she uses in her work today. “Sharing my inner light, passion, and imagination is my way of making important connections.”

Andrea Cook


Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture and Painting from the University of Texas at El Paso, Honors Graduate. Undergraduate studies from the

University of North Texas in Photography



Monochrome, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, 2017

Small Expressions 2017 : International Contemporary Craft Exhibition, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX, 2017

Unity Through States of Being : A Group Exhibition, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ 2017

30th Annual Materials : Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, TX, 2017

Cottage Grove Art Walk, Multiple Galleries, Cottage Grove, OR, 2011-2014

Press: Cottage Gove Sentinel, May 30, 2012

Self Portraits II, Invitational, Axe & Fiddle, Cottage Grove, OR, 2011

Spring Exhibit, Lake Norman Art League, Davidson, NC, 2010, 2009

Teaching Talents Exhibit, Cornelius Art Center, Cornelius, NC, 2009, 2008

Lost and found, Janette Kennedy Gallery, Dallas, TX, 2008

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Intelligent Offices, El Paso, TX, 2006

The Silos, Border Art Residency Site Project, El Paso, TX, 2005, 2004

Press: El Paso Times, December 12, 2004

Art Junction, Invitational, El Paso, TX, 2004

Annual Juried Student Art Competition, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 2004

Awarded: Arlene Smith-McKinnon Endowment Purchase Award for Overall Best of Show and Best Sculpture Award

Art on the Rim, Bridge Center for Contemporary Art, 2003

Press: El Paso Times, August 17, 2003

RAW: Phoenix presents SAVOR, Phonenix, AZ, 2017

Belong, September Catalogue, APERO Gallery, :.A., CA, 2017

Expressions 2017: International Contemporary Craft Exhibition, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX, 2017

Monochrome, LasLaguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA, 2017

Unity Through States of Being: A Group Exhibition, Modified Arts, Phoenix, AZ 2017\

30th Annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition, Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, Denton, TX, 2017  


Ted Phillip Denton Contemporary Art, Arizona, 2016-current

Xanadu Gallery, online,, 2015-current

Canyon Road Contemporary, New Mexico, 2017

Clay Pigeon, Arizona, 2015

With Love Gallery, Oregon, 2013-2014

In Color Gallery, Oregon, 2011-2013

Carolina Art Garden, North Carolina, 2010

Foster’s Frame and Art Gallery, North Carolina, 2008-2010


Footprints, Community of Christ Church, Cottage Grove, OR, 2014

Coiled, Harrison Elementary School, Cottage Grove, OR, 2014

Mural on Main, Cottage Grove Art Guild, Cottage Grove, OR, 2011

Bids for Kids, Art Auction and Fundraiser, Cottage Grove, OR, 2011

Footprints, Greater Vision United Methodist Church, Charlotte, NC, 2010

Taste of Art, Art Auction and Fundraiser, Cornelius, NC, 2010, 2009

Mosaic Mural, Hope Park, Mooresville, NC, 2010

Benches on the Green, Davidson, NC, 2009

South Tryon Community Coalition Art Auction and Gala, Charlotte, NC, 2009

Champ Champion Award, 2009

Graffiti Day, Creative Kids, El Paso, TX, 2008


Melissa and Michael Fery, OR

Raylene Winters, OR

Gary and Shawnee Gallagher, OR

Jake Schmitt, OR

Stan and Vicki Simonsen, OR

Sharon Wilson, OR

Greg Lee, OR

Nancy Semenov, OR

Christie Schreiber, OR

Harold Woody, OR

Christine Docimo, OR

Geri Manning, OR

Vicki Black, OR

Shari Stramburg, OR

Laura and Chris Harmon, WY

Corey Mitchell, WA

Janet Calabrese, NY

Ruth Hoover, TX

Carol Siegert, TX

Sarah Johnsen, TX

Cliff Reed, TX

Ashley and Travis Rennick, TX

Stewart Selden, TX

Peter St. Charles, TX

Susan Montague, NC

Amanda Miller, NC

Betsy Flagler, NC

John and A.J. Foster, NC

Shari Crouse, NC

Alyssa Wood, NC

Franny Baier, NC

Rev. Alexis and Lynda Anthony, NC

Myrna Cooper, NC

Jennifer Canterbury, NC

Yolanda Gates, NC

Greg Cornwell, CA