Tom Cook was born in New York City in 1937. After 28 years in television producing, directing and and running video studio and post production facilities in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, in 1986 a health crisis enabled him to try and bypass the middlemen and committees in his life to go directly to the sources of creativity as an artist. He describes the work that resulted as the most effective and rewarding way he has found to make a direct personal connection with imagination and all of creation.
His paintings have been shown in London exhibitions at the Strickland Gallery; the Alpine Gallery; 'Concrete, Canvases & Candles, A Chelsea Art Event'; the Portobello Open, The Blenheim Gallery; the Covent Garden International Arts Festival; Art '91, Business Design Centre; the Summer Festival, Whiteleys Atrium; the Nomadic Art Exhibition, Mayfair; Art In Covent Garden, Smith's Gallery; the Gagliardi Gallery, Chelsea; Artists In The Garden, Smiths Gallery; The Quaker Gallery; the Crypt Gallery, St. Martin-In-The Fields; St. James's Church, Piccadilly. He has also curated the 'Garden of Artists' exhibition for the annual Covent Garden Flower Festival.
His work is in collections in the UK, Spain, USA, New Zealand, Australia and his images have been used by the Bridgeman Art Library (London/Paris/New York). He has been giving 'Drawing From Your Heart' creative expression workshops for the Alternatives programme at St James's Church, Piccadilly in London since 1993, at other venues around the UK, and at Skyros, Greece. He has also facilitated creative expression and motivation workshops in the corporate sector and has volunteered support assistance with a homeless artists project at St Martins-In-The-Fields Church in London. He is a Trustee Director of Alternatives and an Honorary Trustee of the Moray Arts Project at Findhorn, Scotland.