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Oil on Canvas Collection

September 13 - October 14, 2005

Lisa Cook Lisa Cook Lisa Cook

As an artist my goal is to capture beautiful, familiar scenes with exquisite detail without resorting to contrived compositions. I am able to make an intimate connection with the viewer by painting things that have struck a deep chord within all of us. My paintings trigger personal, deep felt emotions and challenge the viewer to remember and explore the stories behind the images. Classic and timeless, my naturally lit still life compositions always hold both wild, natural elements supported by refined, man made items that have stood the test of time. The delicate contrast builds a psychological bridge, highlighting the beauty in diversity. A true reflection of the soul, my art comes from an authentic desire to reach the most special places in our memories and relive "moments like this".

About the artist
Lisa Cook, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, has drawn and painted since childhood. Remarkably, Lisa has no formal training, being essentially self-taught, but she did take a class in Watercolor Painting from noted Charleston artist Alice Stewart Grimsley. Lisa's art took a back seat to her nursing career until she was married and her son, Trey, was born. Since then Lisa has remained at home caring for her growing family while improving her technique in oils and other media. Favoring classical realism, she is able to capture exquisite details within compositions that are at once familiar, beautiful, and comforting.

Since her son started school in 2003, Lisa has dedicated more time and energy to her art. She is a member of the Aiken Artist Guild and her painting "Market Farmer" won the Phil Permar Best in Show Award at the Guild's 2004 Spring Show. More than 50 of her oil paintings were exhibited at the Founder's Gallery of the Aiken Center for the Arts in the Fall of 2004. Dozens of her original works were bought at this show along with numerous prints making the two month show the most financially successful in the history of the Center. She was also recently named a South Carolina State Parks Service Artist in Residence for 2005.

Lisa expects to create a national and international market for her work as she continues to expand her portfolio and master new textures and patterns.

Lisa lives in Leesville, South Carolina with her beloved husband, a noted litigator, and their two wonderful and well behaved children, Trey and Helen Elisabeth.