The owner and artist of Asphalt Canvas Custom Art LLC, Kate Cook, spends her days turning client’s ideas into one-of-a-kind works of fine art in oil paint, graphite, ink and watercolor, and automotive enamel.
Originally from California, Kate successfully began selling multiple works of her art at a young age through joining a community of artists called the Mountain Arts Network. Using the money she earned through selling her art, Kate purchased her first car, a 1966 Jeepster Commando, which she learned to work on and restore with her dad and brother. This Jeep later became the inspiration for her art studio name and gave her the opportunity to start selling her artwork at car shows while showing her restored Jeep.
At the age of 16, Kate was hired by a local author to illustrate her first children’s book, “The Legend of Douglas Fir”, which solidified her ambitions to go to college to become a professional artist. After graduating high school, Kate accepted an artistic and scholastic scholarship through The University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Texas, where she studied abroad for a short time in Italy and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Studio Art.
Today, Kate calls Texas her home, with her husband and two dogs, Milner and Annie. Asphalt Canvas Custom Art LLC is a board member with the local Chamber of Commerce, which enables Kate to connect with other entrepreneurs and share her talents with the community she so loves. She has had the privilege of working with clients from Scotland, Sweden, and all over the United States, creating custom art for their car, home, or business inspired by their ideas.
Kate’s artistic influences include artists from the past and the present such as Dorthea Lange, Norman Rockwell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Alberto Vargas, Hot Rod Jen, Darren Wenzel of Gasoline Art, Mark Maggiori, Alex Carmona, and Ed Tillrock . The inspirations for her work originate from her clients and hobbies such as camping with her husband and pups, attending car shows with her brother, road tripping Route 66 with her family, antique store hunting with her mom and mother in law, coffee or wine dates with her friends, and discussing American history with her dad.
So if you see Kate’s Jeepster parked at an art festival or car show, come say, “Hi”, and inquire about your own custom piece of art, hand crafted by Asphalt Canvas Custom Art LLC.
Not everybody can be an artist, but I do believe everybody is creative. Therefore, working as a custom, commission artist, I find joy helping people turn their ideas into handcrafted fine art. For me, creating art comes with a strong sense of gratification. It’s not just in the dedicated process of creation where I find contentment, but also in the emotional feedback I receive from the audience viewing my artwork, both in the process of creation, and the final product.
I am passionate about being a successful artist because I confidently believe it is my own unique way to serve my community. I thoroughly enjoy sharing the happiness I derive in creating art with other people, and I feel that concept resonates deeply in all my work.
The art I make is most always inspired by a singular client and their story of loss, happiness, hobbies, joy, bliss, nostalgia, or struggle.
Although I work in four different mediums and with a wide variety of audiences ranging from classic car owners to brides-to-be; I’ve found that it is the clients themselves, with their distinctive anecdotes, that bind each piece in my portfolio together. The client is truly my inspiration.
In each commissioned piece of artwork, no matter the scale, I am honored with the knowledge that my client believes in the integrity of my art, to trust me to create a meaningful, quality piece for them. It is especially moving for me to create something I know will become part of their family history.
In my line of work, the artist and the client give and receive equal parts of themselves. It is a humbling yet exhilarating feeling to present a final piece of my artwork to a satisfied client. With each exchange, I find myself sharpened as an artist and improved as a person.