J.R. (Rusty)Cook 

        1961-2018

J.R. was born in 1961 and raised in the Texas Panhandle town of Borger.  His introduction to painting was in his Grandmothers kitchen in Olney , Texas.  While visiting her as a child, his Grandmothers friend, Claire Daily taught informal lessons during his summer visits. 

"High school art classes were frustrating due to the emphasis on modern art and that steered me away from an art career" said J.R.  "From that point it was experimentation and self-teaching."   J.R. quit painting for almost 15 years until he started again in 2008 and considers it fortunate to paint with Kaye Franklin in Graham for the past 4 years.  

Art has been a constant in his life, instead of going out at night he said he  would stay home and practice his skills at painting and drawing.  Most of his  friends have been surprised to find out he paints until recently when he started having  solo shows in local galleries.  Although; he is painting more Plein Air, he is most comfortable in his studio.

His desire  is to paint a work of art that will give the viewer a taste of the country that he likes, or even remind them of a familiar place.  For this reason, he is hesitant to title his art and when he does, it is mainly a descriptive title.  Everyone responds differently  to the scenes depicted on his canvas.

Live Oak & Cacti SOLD

Live Oak & Cacti SOLD

8x10 Oil $1,100

An Afternoon Rain

An Afternoon Rain

9x12 Oil $1,500

Hot Summers Day

Hot Summers Day

9x12 Oil $1,500

Evening Light SOLD

Evening Light SOLD

9x12 Oil $1,500

San Angelo Ranch, Plein air

San Angelo Ranch, Plein air

11x14 Oil $1,700

Moonlit Road II

Moonlit Road II

9x12 Oil $1,500

Moonlit Road I

Moonlit Road I

9x12 Oil $1,100

In the Moonlight

In the Moonlight

11x14 Oil $1,700

Full Moon and Drifting Clouds

Full Moon and Drifting Clouds

20x30 Oil $3,500

Moonlit Crossroads

Moonlit Crossroads

20x32 Oil $3,500

A View From Above

A View From Above

11x11 Oil $995

Live Oaks and White Roads

Live Oaks and White Roads

22x30 Oil $5,200

Tempest (Best in Show, Graham 2017)

Tempest (Best in Show, Graham 2017)

24x20 Oil $3,800

108 S. Main Street  |  Saint Jo, Texas  |  76265    

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