Andrew Cooks was born in Sydney and is a painter. He has recently completed his PhD with Monash University in Melbourne. His research takes the pleasure garden as a model, together with pattern and decoration, and uses the concept of rambling - a walk for pleasure with neither route nor destination - to investigate his spatial experience. Andrew’s work has been exhibited in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States, and he has been teaching in a variety of academic institutions and community settings in Australia and the United States since 1982. He currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and at Dutchess Community College in upstate New York.