The Evolution of Painting
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From her studio in Barrie, Rose Cook has created pieces that have travelled the world.

“My work can be found in homes in the United States, Germany, Thailand, New Zealand as well as in Canada,” she said.
Cook, a painter, has had a love of art since she was a child.
“I loved to draw for hours – that was my passion.”
Cook enjoys blending acrylics and watercolours to achieve different effects in her work.
She works with acrylics and oils, as well as string, netting, dried moss and even tissue paper.
“I also use paint skins, which lets your imagination go to different levels. You use a running medium with your paints and you move the board around while it's running to get the effect you want, then you let it cure for a week,” she said. “You need to let your imagination play before you cut the skins, which are very sticky. As you lay them out on the canvas, your painting evolves. It is a slow process but worth the effort.”
Inspiration can strike her at any time.  
“Inspiration can come from anything I see; a sunrise, a child playing, a landscape or just from my imagination,” she said. “Other times my fingers just want to sketch and from that a painting will emerge.”
Cook trained in Fine Arts at Georgian College and studied with David Patterson, John Anderson, Marion Broom, Douglas Purdon, Mark Hope, Barb Ritchie, Brian Smith, Deb Grise and Derrick Wicks.
She has had showings at Ridge West Gallery in Oro-Medonte, the Barrie Art Club Gallery, The Edge Gallery, Quest Gallery in Midland and Formagerie Restaurant, Barrie.
Cook is a member of the Barrie Art Club, Springwater Guild Artists and Artisans, the Quest Gallery in Midland and a member of the Spring Art Tour planning committee.
She also teaches an abstract class at the Barrie Art Club once a month.


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