Rod Cook worked as a commercial photographer in New York for the first twenty-five years of his career. He has also been managing editor of a magazine, helicopter pilot, and partner in a design firm. He began his fine art career in 1996 with “Cypress Knees and Tupelos”, nudes taken in cypress swamps in and around Savannah, Ga. Since then he has created his own interpretations of botanicals: “FP“and “Fungi“;… landscapes: “Moving Landscapes“;…masks, mannequins and statues: “Animate Objects“;… and nudes wearing Venetian style masks that he made from molds taken from the model’s faces: “Masks“. More recently he has collaborated with his wife, Penrhyn Cook, under the name of PenRod, on imagery of African wildlife “Vanishing” and nudes in Southern France “French Postcards.” He has works in platinum/palladium, digital black and white and color and invented color prints married with encaustic.
He has shown extensively in the United States and Europe with one person shows in Aspen, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New Haven, New Orleans, Petaluma, and New York.