Biography: Born in Belfast and raised in Canada, Kathleen Cooke moved to New York City as a young woman. She took classes at New York University and the Art Students League. Cooke began to exhibit her drawings in New York in 1969, had her first solo show in 1970, and received a Mark Rothko Foundation Award in 1971. Her earliest exhibitions were at the Graham Gallery and Betty Parsons Gallery. In the seventies, she exhibited internationally in Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, France, and Denmark, and continued to show regularly in New York. Cooke’s delicate drawings of animals were based on her trips to zoos in Paris, Copenhagen, Dublin, and Central Park in New York City.