I made a visit to artist Rande Cook’s design studio last week, and have some photos to share. I was reminded once again of how I become afflicted with S.E.E., aka as “studio. envy. excitement.”  As my eyes darted from the left to the right, much like a turkey who loves bright, shiny things – I first coveted the natural light beaming through the big windows, and then ogled the overhead studio lighting, purpose-made for late night work.

Rande Cook, Artist. Studio Visit Jan 2014.

Rande Cook, Artist. Studio Visit Jan 2014.

This combined with the awesomeness of the showroom area and a massive work space. S.E.E. really peaked when I bared witness to the multiple work stations designed for operating with specific materials, whether it be for jewellery creation, custom architectural design, woodworking, or painting.  The gear at hand includes every tool you’d ever need to get the job done STAT (although artists can always use one more brush).

Rande Cook’s design studio vibrates with creativity, and hums with the components of efficiency and production. I just heard my inner Liz Hurley exclaim, “It’s Not Fair!”

Most of the finished artworks were either coming or going from a public museum or gallery. Either that, or they were heading out to one of Rande’s collectors, each of whom, I’m certain, are eagerly awaiting their new arrival.

While I was onsite, I recognized the Thunderbird sculpture peeking out from behind bubble wrap (seen below at the AGGV). This piece was recently on exhibit during Urban Thunderbirds / Ravens in a Material World,  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (until Jan 12, 2014).   I knew the Ravenous painting was somewhere in the studio too, carefully wrapped, and awaiting her next show. What was really cool though, was to see a test print of the magnificent Vatican photograph (see museum show photo below).

Raven Box - Red Cedar, Copper, Mother of Pearl

Raven Box – Red Cedar, Copper, Mother of Pearl. Photo from Rande Cook website.

I find artist studio visits really eye-opening on many levels. Especially when calling in on a world class, world famous artist like Rande Cook. The investment any artist makes into the business of fabricating their art, whether it be from purchasing the tools –  to self-learning, and professional training, is the same across most industries. But it’s the discipline to care about the technical craftsmanship, and the desire to build the best that yields the greatest results IMO (in my opinion).

This glimpse behind-the-scenes speaks volumes as to why Rande Cook’s finished artwork is in such high demand by galleries, museums, and collectors around the world. It’s a really cool, awesome, atelier, workshop, gallery, and design space. And it really provoked and nourished my S.E.E. (studio. envy. excitement.).

Rande Cook website: http://www.randecook.com/

Ravenous, Acrylic on canvas, 6" x 6"

Ravenous, Acrylic on canvas, 6″ x 6″ Photo from Rande Cook website.


Mask in the Vatican. Photo from Rande Cook Facebook Fan Page.

Mask at the Vatican. Photo from Rande Cook Facebook Fan Page.

Editors Note: I first met Rande Cook at the closing reception for Difference and Repetition, the Slide Room Gallery, curated by Efren Quiroz. We were both included in this show that had 30 artists riff off of a Gerhard Richter painting. When we met, each of us was aware of the others work through the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Rande’s show Urban Thunderbirds was on at the same time as #Strangelings.