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traveling & painting & petting cats


traveling & painting & petting cats


    Shelby K Cook was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, where the west coast landscape of mountains and forests fostered a lifelong love of nature. She studied fine art in college, earning her BFA from Western Washington University along with a BA in Art History. After graduating, Cook moved to Seattle, WA, where she continues to paint and run her studio practice. Traveling when able, she brings her portable easel to paint en plein air wherever she goes.

    Focused on using painting as a way to retain and revisit memories, Shelby draws inspiration from her travels and experiences. A connection to nature stemming from a childhood love of forests means she seeks interesting environments to inspire her, allowing her recollections of a place to alter the image as she paints in order to tangibly capture memories. She is focused on exploring the relationship between people and the spaces they inhabit, trying to capture liminal spaces and transitional moments. Nostalgia plays a large role, and she uses photos she has taken while traveling as well as photographs from her past as a starting point for her pieces.

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