Robert W. "Bob" Cook
Texas Watercolor Artist Robert W. Cook creates realistic paintings that embrace a variety of subjects including urban landscapes, old buildings, classic cars, and serene get-away places to get lost in. Bob is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Society of Watercolor Artists. Bob spent his early years in Leawood, Kansas, attended Kansas City Art Institute and Baker University, then moved to Clearwater, Florida where he spent ten years painting new structures being built there. Finally, he has spent the past thirty years in Texas. After forty years and 13,000+ paintings as an architectural illustrator, Bob is now retired, and spends his time in his studio on Lake Granbury, Texas.
MEDIUM AND TECHNIQUE
As a watercolorist, Bob’s original paintings are usually outdoor settings, old and new architecture, weathered structures, classic cars, and images that keep us in the present or transport us back to a time long passed.
“As a realist, I aim at authenticity. I don't let anyone pull me off base, as they often try to do. It's the little details that make my watercolor paintings appear real. I always try for a natural reality with a little “punch” and “snap” thrown in. Every day when I go into my studio, I relish in the knowledge that just having a painting in progress gives me the ultimate sense of comfort and accomplishment.”
His paintings have been selected for international shows including the Fabiano in Acquarello, Italy International Show for three years, and the IWS show Exhibition in Hanoi, Viet Nam. His works of art are owned by art collectors across the US the world, including Champlain Oil Company, Texas Instruments, The National Corvette Museum, and Texas Baptist Convention. His art has been featured on the covers of several books and magazines, including In Plein Air Magazineas featured artist and national first place winner and 2017 featured artist of the year by Tarleton University in their annual Langdon Review Book