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Andrea Cook | Sharing the Inner Light

Artist Andrea Cook creates art that resonates on many levels. 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. 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. “My first

childhood classes were drawing, watercolor, and ceramics. I continued art

through high school, where I enjoyed metals, ceramics, and printmaking.

The high school that I attended had many art options, and I have always

loved exploring new media.”

“My desire was to make one-of-a-kind, original art,” explains Andrea. “I

went on to attend UT El Paso, where I fell in love with sculpture. I received

a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture and Painting.”

After college, Andrea continued to explore different artistic endeavors. “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 made of hand dyed, painted, or pure

fabrics made from canvas, burlap, cotton, and muslin. The fabric is ripped

into strips and dipped into an archival quality glue. Then, she forms the

fabric into rose designs varying in color, shape, and size. Andrea would

then mount them on canvas or panel.

“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


She continues to work with a variety of techniques. 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.”