Rick Cook began his love of the arts at the age of nine, while observing his dad hand-carve wood. He learned the fine points of carving from his dad and attended art classes at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Pottery instruction was received from Winston Taylor at the River Valley Art Center and oil painting instruction from the Main Street Gallery in Russellville, Arkansas. For the past 41 years, Cook has furthered his studies through extensive hands-on experience. Cook has made patterns for Arkansas-based Herwig Lighting and has worked as a master carpenter in Fort Smith, Arkansas, for more than 20 years.
Cook's art has been shown in several galleries and art shows, including the Cox Creative Center Gallery, River Market Artspace, and the Arkansas Studies Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas. Cook has been married to his wife, Pam, for more than 27 years. They have one son, Ryan, who is 17 years old.
My enjoyment of the outdoors is reflected in my choice of subjects for my art. My work includes furniture, as well as wall and table art, in both hand-carved and lathe work. I primarily use natural wood tones. In addition, I paint landscapes and other subjects in oil.