Crook received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006 before completing her Masters of Fine Arts from Florida State University in 2011. She is currently teaches at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
I glean imagery from cinema and fashion of the 1960s, ornate Catholic rituals, hip-hop trends and the phenomenon of the ‘Super model’ of the 1990s, Italian baroque, French Rococo and the frescos of the Veneto. All of this is filtered through the high-chroma palette I associate with the merciless sun of Florida. Such color and light lend my work a playful energy. I revel in the paint, mixing blending, making hues bump up against each other. Yet, between the viewer and the figures or objects I present, is a humid space. This is the atmosphere of my dream world, a time of day, either dawn or dusk, in which one can look into another’s eyes without fear, buffered by a veil of mist, or soft, waning light.
This was painted on site at Landis Green looking at the fountain. In 2010-2011, I was awarded the Department of Art’s Florence Teaching Award which allowed me to teach in Florence for the Spring semester with FSU International Programs. In preparation for that assignment, I taught a painting workshop class in which we would paint on site at some of the various landmarks around campus. This is an example I made to demonstrate how one can approach a landscape such as Landis Green using watercolor.