Layne Cook Art

As an art student in the early 70's my interest was in the applied arts, specifically textile printing and design. I did some painting, but was often at a loss for subject matter. Now, some 30 years later, the ideas flow faster than I can implement them. I like to think that my experience and broader outlook as an older person have contributed to this creative energy. I am fascinated by all aspects of painting; the power of good composition, the role of light and shadows, the use of color and the value of restraint in using color. I enjoy painting all kinds of subjects,from restaurant scenes to urban and rural landscapes. Artists I admire include Toulouse Lautrec, Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter, Maynard Dixon, Georgia O'Keefe and Richard Diebenkorn, as well as many painters of today. I delight in the process of working out every painting and hope that some of that joy is conveyed to the viewer through my work.