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"To be in Roma, as an artist felt like a dream. There is something ethereal and entirely eternal about walking the jagged streets of Rome. The warm terracotta walls and the ivies hanging overhead along the streets. The seagulls gliding over the Tevere ...  Everything about the place, the pulsing energy, even the energy of the light, filled me up in a way no other place can. I decided to rent a tiny apartment in Trastevere and spend a month practicing the art of noticing, and then painting the things I noticed. It was a wonderful month that I am so thankful for.


I'm Marcy Cook - From Dallas, Texas. artist, Christian, lover of words and color and light. I have my BFA in painting and graphic design from Baylor University. I was a co-owner and Creative Director of a floral design company in Dallas called "Stems of Dallas" for 6 years.


I am now a full-time, professional artist, focusing in the area of abstract expressionism, conveying and aiming to capture moments of delight. I aim to capture the UNSEEN, but FELT elements of a moment; the light, sound, energy and weight – to deconstruct and then reconstruct my surroundings, ultimately invoking the ideas of rest, peace, movement, grace and light. I am inspired by my past work in floral design and also a response to intentional and consistent travel, music and literature.

I love this quote from Madeline L'Engle - It rings very true for my time in Rome.


‘The artist who is a Christian, like any other Christian, is required to be in this world, but not of it. We are to be in this world as healers, as listeners, and as servants.

In art we are once again able to do all the things we have forgotten; we are able to walk on water; we speak to the angels who call us; we move, unfettered, among the stars.


We write, we make music, we draw pictures, because we are listening for meaning, feeling for healing. And during the writing of the story or the painting or the composing or singing or playing, we are returned to that open creativity which was ours when we were children. We cannot be mature artists if we have lost the ability to believe which we had as children.


An artist at work is in a condition of complete and total faith.’"