Shark Love and more art by Mark Cook

Shark Love, 2020
24 x 36 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Two 9-foot Nurse Sharks mate in the shallow waters off the aptly named Shark Point in Everglades National Park. With the male grasping one of the female’s pectoral fins in its mouth the scene may appear excessively violent, but it is the only way these fish can make physical contact and procreate in a buoyant watery environment. Shallow water coastal habitats that are largely free of human disturbance are critical mating and nursery habitats for many shark species and protecting these areas is essential to sustaining shark populations. This year’s increased freshwater flows and associated increases in aquatic prey species will likely improve nursery habitat conditions for many species of sharks in Florida Bay.

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other works by Mark Cook

Location, Location, Location, 2021
48 x 72 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

The Nonconformist, 2021
32 x 48 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Nocturnal Glow, 2021
20 x 36 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Intertidal Beauty, 2021
55 x 84 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

The Art of Foraging, 2020
40 x 60 x 1 inch (h x w x d)


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39.5 x 34 x 0.5 inch (h x w x d)
100% cotton fabrics both commercial and hand dyed
iron-on vinyl
Colored pencils & markers
metal washers
red tiger eye doggie “nose” bead
cotton batting

32 x 48 inch (h x w)
Hand-dyed fabrics become the night sky
commercial printed fabric for the palm fronds
a cheesecloth hammock
many kinds of variegated and solid threads
and oil paint sticks

59 x 31 inch (h x w)
Machine couched metallic threads. Pleated and rouched “paper” wrappers. Hand applique to attach candies. Walking foot quilted.

Colors Of Florida
31 x 30 x 0.3 inch (h x w x d)
freehand cutting
Hand Embroidery

Flamingo In Paradise
30 x 40 inch (h x w)
Fused appliqué and free-motion quilting


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