Thomas-Dylan Cook (he/him) is an actor and artist of Ojibway and Caucasian descent. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, but also grew up on the Batchewana and Garden River First Nations. He has worked in various positions in film and television including scenic artist and production assistant.
He studied Fine Arts at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, then Graphic Design at George Brown College in Toronto, Ontario before leaving to pursue a career in Film and Television. Several roles followed in the following years, leading to his latest work as Slash in the hit Canadian television series Letterkenny.
I have created a time lapse painting, inspired by the words of a song written by a close friend.
This song and painting describes the struggles of depression, growing older, loneliness and substance abuse.
I wanted to create the feeling of change and transformation. I used the music to represent the pressures of everyday life and painted a sunset to represent the fact that everything in life is temporary including our best moments and our darkest times. I used vibrant colors and depth to create a scenic landscape.
I wanted to show that beauty can be conceived by great pain. Just like the sky and landscape, our lives are constantly transforming and shifting into an unknown future. Nothing lasts forever.
(Music written and performed by Ben Saunders.)