The recent successful release of Sweet Pickles, The Girl Who Would Not Speak, by author Deborah A. Beasley, features the artistic impressions of local South Jersey artist, Roy L. Cook, Sr. Deborah knew when she began writing the new series to focus on the unique needs of children, she wanted to feature artists never before published. She found a hidden gem in Roy L. Cook.
“Roy is an excellent artist, and now a published illustrator!” announces Deborah. When author Deborah A. Beasley put the word out that she was looking for an illustrator for her new children’s book, she did not know where it would lead. From three contenders, Roy’s illustrations won her over.
“Roy’s interpretation of the main character in the story is sweet and believable. He has brought Sweet Pickles to life, and given her the right amount of vulnerability,” says Deborah. “Roy’s expressive drawings make Sweet Pickles lovable.”
Roy may be new to the literary art world, but his paintings and drawings have steadily filtered throughout New Jersey and across the states over the past years. Roy shows expertise with any medium, whether water color or pastel. His love for art shines in his work.
Roy L. Cooks many accomplishments include some of the following:
Roy is the beloved Pastor of Gospel Tabernacle Church in Gibbstown, New Jersey, since 2007. Roy continues to transform the church with programs focused on lifting the church and creating a united healing community. Roy’s wife, Monica Moore Cook, serves as First Lady of the congregation and minister of music among her many other duties. Monica also teaches at Paulsboro High School. Three children and a niece complete their family.
Roy currently attends Gloucester County Community College, and is pursuing a teaching degree in Art Education.