A child of the Midwest, Cook moved to the South for college, receiving a BS in biology and a BFA in drawing and painting from Mississippi University for Women. After graduating with an 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, a position she held for sixteen years.
Via freelance work and subsequent self-employment Cook worked with researchers and science educators at the forefront of scientific discoveries; among the most notable were discoverers of planets outside our solar system. This 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 inspired Cook to shift direction toward painting. Her work focuses on the urban environment of the San Francisco Bay Area, from historical landmarks to more common "everyday" scenes. Cook's Shadows & Silhouettes series, represented by Gallerie Citi, currently is on exhibition at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, CA, and returns to Gallerie Citi for a solo show from June 18 — July 29, 2016.