EDWARD C. COOK
Ed’s paintings also have been recognized for their quality and merit in several international miniature competitions, with two Best of Show awards, including two Grumbacher Gold Medallion Awards, a second Best of Show, and first place awards.
In 1995, Ed was one of thirty-eight American miniaturists invited to London to participate in the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Miniature Society, which is under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth II. In addition, Ed’s artwork has received honors from the Miniature Artists of America and Whiskey Painters of America. He is a signature member of both organizations which recognize outstanding artists of miniatures.
Ed told this story about the painting reproduced here of the Church of All Saints – Bedfordshire, England: “As a young soldier I was bicycling through the English countryside about 15 miles from where I was stationed. A shower passed by and as I rounded a corner in the lovely village of Odell, I saw this scene. I took a photo of it with the idea of having it framed someday. When I began painting, I decided I would paint this ‘memory of my youth’ instead.” The original is still a favorite part of the artist’s collection.
The Village of Hoffman Estates has a collection of Ed’s original paintings, which were used to produce a yearly series of Limited Edition Christmas ornaments. The Schaumburg Library and the City of Batavia also are proud owners of original pieces.
In addition to painting, Mr. Cook has instructed landscape and miniature painting at the Morton Arboretum. He welcomes opportunities to present programs, and demonstrate the painting of miniatures to art leagues, schools, and others interested in learning about this fascinating corner of the art world. To children, he describes artists as magicians, whose “wands” have a fuzzy end. Ed freely gives his time to encourage young artists and has donated painting equipment to the Water Street Gallery in his current hometown of Batavia.
In 2003, Ed was named Hoffman Estates Citizen of the Year, and in 2004, he and his wife Janice were awarded the Cook County Sheriff’s Senior Medal of Honor for outstanding volunteerism. In 2007, he was presented with a certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his outstanding achievements, services and public distinction. In 2010, he was inducted into the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame and in 2011 was inducted into the Illinois Senior Hall of Fame.
In 2010 he enrolled in the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate program and is also member of the Nature Artist Guild at the Morton Arboretum, as well as a member of the Greater Geneva Art Guild.
Despite his late start into painting these “micro-masterpieces,” Edward C. Cook knew he wanted to be an artist way back in second grade, always believing his talent to be God-given. That is the reason his signature appears in the shape of the Christian fish symbol.
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Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
– Proverbs 16:3