Biography: Dorothea Cooke (Gramatky), (1908-2001) Born: Hollywood, CA, Studied: Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles). Dorothea Cooke graduated from Hollywood High School before deciding not to go to college but to study her passion, art. Her parents had come from New Hampshire where her father, Charles Prentice Cooke, was an MIT graduate...... read more
"This was painted when my mother, Dorothea Cooke, was 74, up in Old Lyme, Connecticut, where we rented a beach cottage on the Long Island Sound for 35 years. Across the road from the beach cottages was some marshland, and in the painting my mother captured her grandson, Andrew, in the blue shirt and his friend, Ricky Rubino, leaning over in the striped shirt. The original is not for sale because it always reminds me of the fun of long, lazy summers spent fishing or finding small crabs or swimming in the creek."
Courtesy of Daughter-Linda Gramatky Smith