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Gary Cook is a Dorset-based environmental painter and is The Ecologist’s Artist in Residence whose work highlights the damage we are inflicting on nature. His watercolour and ink montages are a fusion of traditional painting and hard-hitting graphics, a style directly influenced by his background in the newspaper industry where he was the senior artist for The Sunday Times for 26 years.
He regularly exhibits in the south west and London including at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour (RI). His recent sell-out solo exhibitions featured plein air watercolours completed in the dappled light of Dorset woodlands. They are a celebration of the trees, focusing on the emblematic ash and the 1,058 different species dependent on them, all threatened by ash dieback.