Lynette Cook, widely known as an astronomical illustrator, has returned to fine art painting in recent years.
A child of the Midwest, Cook 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), she became the staff Artist/Photographer for the Morrison Planetarium, California Academy of Sciences, and her space career was launched.
Via freelance work and subsequent self-employment Cook 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 hundreds of extrasolar planets. This has resulted in worldwide publication of Cook’s 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). Cook also has been featured on ABC7 News (KGO) and in USA Today.
Introspection arising from a challenging health issue in 2009 motivated Cook to connect more deeply to fine art painting. She now explores earthly subjects with renewed zeal, ranging from contemporary visions of timeworn buildings to colorful inspirations of everyday life. Cook's Shadows & Silhouettes series, represented by Gallerie Citi, was shown at the 2014 Art SiliconValley/San Francisco International Fair, followed by the two-person gallery show DressUP from January 10—March 6, 2015. Cook's paintings also were accepted into the Triton Museum's 2014 2D Salon (Santa Clara, CA) and the 2015 Crocker-Kingsley Competition at Blue Line Arts (Roseville, CA).