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Lynette Cook

Lynette Cook

Daly City, CA

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I am a fine art painter, widely known as an out-of-this-world space artist, who has returned to Earth in recent years.

A child of the Midwest, I moved South for college, receiving a BS in biology and a BFA in drawing and painting from Mississippi University for Women. After graduating with a MFA from the California College of the Arts (drawing, with a specialization in scientific illustration), I became the staff Artist/Photographer for the Morrison Planetarium and my space career was launched.

Via freelance work and subsequent self-employment I have worked with researchers and science educators at the forefront of scientific discoveries. Among them is Dr. Geoff Marcy, an astrophysicist who, with his collaborators, has discovered over 250 extrasolar planets to date. This has resulted in worldwide publication of my space images in books, periodicals, documentaries, press releases, and web sites published/produced by Astronomy, BBC Television, CNN, The Discovery Channel, Japan Public Television, NASA, Newsweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, Scientific American, Time, UCLA, and US News & World Report (a partial list). I’ve also been featured on ABC7 News (KGO) and in USA Today.

Though trained traditionally, the field of science illustration moved into the digital age and I too allowed the magic of the mouse and tablet to direct my imagery. In 2009, a challenging health issue led to a period of introspection during which I reflected about what was most important to me. I realized that in “keeping up with the times” as an illustrator I had lost part of what I most valued and enjoyed as an artist: holding blank paper and canvas in my hands and watching the transformation of pigment from a palette into recognizable images that resonated with my spirit. This call to return to my traditional roots convinced me to recommit to fine art. Here was a different magic, equally compelling, that needed a voice.

I now explore earthly subjects again, ranging from contemporary visions of time-worn buildings to colorful inspirations of everyday life. I am excited by this journey, where even a short walk down the street can result in a new discovery worth painting.

For my fine art site, go to www.lynetteinthestudio.com.

To see my space art, go to http://extrasolar.spaceart.org.

 

Milky Way Galaxy Oblique by Lynette Cook

 

Child of the Cosmos by Lynette Cook

 

Great Wall Mantis by Lynette Cook

 

Planetary Disk II v2 by Lynette Cook

 

Dyson Sphere by Lynette Cook

 

Blazing By by Lynette Cook

 

HD 23514 by Lynette Cook

 

Binary Red Dwarf Star System by Lynette Cook

 

Pulsar Planets I by Lynette Cook

 

Gliese 581 g by Lynette Cook

 

White Dwarf Shredding a Planet by Lynette Cook

 

A World Ripped Apart by Lynette Cook

 

HD 177830 b and Moon by Lynette Cook

 

Transit of HD 209458 by Lynette Cook

 

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence by Lynette Cook

 

HD 222582 b and Moon by Lynette Cook

 

Milkomeda by Lynette Cook

 

HD 177830 b and Moon by Lynette Cook

 

HD 168443 System by Lynette Cook

 

HD 168443 c and Moons by Lynette Cook

 

HD 46375 b by Lynette Cook

 

Floaters by Lynette Cook

 

Starry Nights at Lick by Lynette Cook

 

Brown Dwarf with Planet and Moon by Lynette Cook

 

Terrestrial Planet at 55 Cancri by Lynette Cook

 

Artificial Planet Orbiting a Black Hole by Lynette Cook

 

Alpha Centauri System by Lynette Cook

 

Stopped in Time by Lynette Cook

 

Twilight at the Golden Gate by Lynette Cook

 

Nexus by Lynette Cook

 

Great Wall Mantis by Lynette Cook

 

Sunroom Rendezvous by Lynette Cook

 

Through the Fog by Lynette Cook

 

Shadowdance by Lynette Cook

 

January Light by Lynette Cook

 

Fruit of the Dragon by Lynette Cook

 

Universe II by Lynette Cook

 

Blue Floaters by Lynette Cook

 

Pulsar Planets II by Lynette Cook

 

Chinese Grapefruit by Lynette Cook

 

Tiger Leaping Gorge by Lynette Cook

 

Kepler-35 by Lynette Cook

 

Sauntering By by Lynette Cook

 

Ube Buns by Lynette Cook

 

Wash Day by Lynette Cook

 

Foggy Stillness by Lynette Cook

 

Afternoon Delight by Lynette Cook

 

Yummy Goodness by Lynette Cook