Modern Mastery: Tamra Alexander Cook

Tamra Alexander Cook | Modern Masters Cafe BlogWe’re proud to feature decorative artist Tamra Alexander Cook from the Central Coast of California for this week’s Artist Spotlight. We had a chance to catch up with Tamra and find out a bit about her artistry and how Modern Masters has impacted her creativity and career as a decorative artist.

Tamra Alexander Cook began a career in art about 7 years ago after needing a change of pace from the corporate field working in her family’s contract meter reading business. She knew that she wanted to do something creative since she spent most of her free time after work painting, sewing and decorating. Not knowing anything about decorative art, she just jumped right in and began learning some beautiful wall finishes and kept expanding from there. During these last two years she’s really discovered her true passion to be mirror and glass work with more emphasis on the fine arts.  “It’s been interesting to see how all the products I’ve used over the years for large projects like wall finishes and cabinetry work can be used in some way for both glass and fine art,” she says. Let’s take a look at some of her work!

Modern Masters Metallic Paints sealed with MasterClear® topcoat on the decorative flowers of an iron gate | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

Modern Masters Metallic Paints sealed with MasterClear® topcoat on the decorative flowers of an iron gate | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

Tamra used a custom mix of Modern Masters Metallic Paints for these brilliant decorative flowers on this iron gate. She then used the MasterClear® topcoat for for added UV protection!

Modern Masters Metallic Paints sealed with MasterClear® topcoat on the decorative flowers of an iron gate | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

What are some of your favorite Modern Masters Finishes?

My favorite Modern Masters finish would have to be the Reactive Metal finishes, especially the Rust finish. Right after I first started in the biz, I had a call from someone opening a new Salon in the area. I had only a very small rust sample on hand but she asked if I could do it on the large wall in the front of the salon. She needed it done within just a few days for the grand opening. I of course said “sure!” although I had never done it on anything larger than a couple of small furniture pieces. She originally asked for the just the front of the wall to be done but I convinced her that if we went all the way around, it would look more like a really large iron wall. She loved the idea and I knocked it out in two days. I’m still doing work in her beautiful Salon because of that wall. It’s definitely a high impact finish and people are impressed when they find out it’s the real deal, actually rusted iron.  I love the reaction I get every time someone ask how I do that.

Modern Masters Metal Effects on a large freestanding accent wall for a salon | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

What is your go-to Modern Masters product and/or color?

My Modern Masters “go to” product is the Dead Flat Varnish. It’s amazing stuff!  I have used it on so many things because it produces such a nice truly dead flat finish and it holds up so well to everyday use.  I make sure to ALWAYS have some on hand because I’m always using it on something!

Modern Masters Metallic Bronze with reactive patina over silver foil | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

This Moroccan style chalkboard was created with Modern Masters Metallic Bronze and reactive patinas over silver foil.

Modern Masters Metal Effects on a set of shutters | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

These shutters were beautifully finished in the Modern Masters Metal Effects products.

What is the most inspiring space or place you have visited?

I would have to say France and Ireland are the most inspiring places I’ve visited. So much of Europe is inspiring but the unbridled use of color in such unexpected ways is almost overwhelming. Paris, for me was nothing but pure eye candy! I love how you will have a somewhat monochromatic concrete or stone building with doors of unbelievable color and texture! The choice of color and beautiful, natural patinas everywhere you look, is awe inspiring!

Modern Masters Metallic Copper paint, furniture glaze and Metal Effects in Rust for the ornamentation detail of this fireplace mantel | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

Modern Masters Copper Metallic Paint, Furniture & Cabinetry Glazing Cream and Metal Effects in Rust for the ornamentation detail of this fireplace mantel | By Artist Tamra Alexander Cook

We want to thank Tamra for taking the time to share her story and artistry with us this week. You can find more of her work on her Facebook & Pinterest pages as well! As always, feel free to stop by our Modern Masters Pinterest boards for more inspiration and be sure to “Like” us on our Facebook Fan Page!

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