Teresa Cook is an artist from and creating in Jacksonville, Florida. Cook started her love of art solely from drawing with color pencils. What started as colored pencil drawings grew into painting using mainly watercolor paints. She recounts using how-to books in the beginning of her painting journey and keeps them as a reminder of how far she has come in her craft. Today, Cook has developed her own style using watercolors to capture the world around her. She finds that traveling helps to fuel her work by inspiring new landscapes, textures, and skyscapes.
Jazz & R&B are Cook's favorite types of music to listen to put her in her art zone and looking at her work has that same cozy yet vibrant feeling. Much like music, Cook uses many layers and instead of overpowering each other, they are all left exposed to excite the eye. Following the wise words that her '"talent is a gift that is developing" she has nurtured her gift through a dedication to learn more and to be true to her self. She is an open book through fine art displaying some of her favorite places and sharing her personal experiences.
Cook regularly displays at Riverside Arts Market every Saturday with upcoming events on October 19 and 26 . Cook will also be participating in this year's San Marco Arts Festival November 30 - December 1, 2019 and has her sight set on Miami Art Basel this winter .
How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
I describe my artwork as architectural watercolor buildings and landscapes with a sense of abstraction. I want people to see the world through my eyes. My artwork is for the travelers and the people that want to some day travel.
Watercolors seems to be your main medium, how did you develop a love for watercolors?
I always had a love for watercolor honestly, but I was too afraid to try it. Artists like Winslow Homer, Paul Klee, Mary Whyte, Paul Wang, and Romare Bearden encouraged me without knowing it. My art never developed with acrylics or oils, they just didn’t feel like me. Oddly enough, they were not teaching watercolor during the time I attended UNF, so I decided to teach myself the year before I graduated and it made sense.
How do you develop your skills as an artist?
I develop my skills through trial and error. I make test sketches and develop them through experimentation with different mediums such as different types of paper, markers, or watercolor. The practice helps me perfect my style and find what will become the best mediums of choice.
Teresa Cook among her work at Word Revolt Gallery
What is your most important artist tool?
My most important artist tool !?… this is hard because I love them all! Each tool serves a very specific purpose. If I had to choose, it would be my brushes. My brushes help carry water and pigment over the paper and this helps develop the image I want to create.
What do you want your viewers to take away from your art?
Visually, I want the viewers to notice the abstraction, I would also like for them to feelin as if they need to be apart of the places I paint. I like to capture moments that are sweet and purposeful.
What is your ultimate art career goal?
My ultimate art career goal is to profit and make a living solely from art. I would also love to teach watercolor classes in to help contribute to Jacksonville's art community. We don’t have enough of that, at least I feel that way.
What inspires your style? How do you choose the names for your pieces?
My style is inspired by me. I wanted to develop my paintings and why not add pen and yupo paper. I choose the name of pieces though the places I go and the image source. Traveling also affects how I complete my work. Without traveling, my work would have never developed into what it is today. My love for traveling continues to fuel my development process.
To keep up with Teresa Cook's watercolor landscapes and more, follow her on Instagram at @teresacookart. Also, capture her work in person every Saturday at the Riverside Arts Market.