Amanda Hope Cook is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. Highly influenced and inspired by her father, Artist Marion B. Cook, Amanda spent her first years immersed in learning the disciplines of painting and drawing. In 1994, she was awarded a scholarship to the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio where she double-majored in Fine Art and Illustration and minored in Visual Communications. Since graduating with a BFA in 1999, Amanda has consistently practiced fine art with oil painting as her primary medium. She is currently producing a series of representational urban paintings with landmark neon signs as their subject matter.