|Death Date: 2006
|Honoré Guilbeau was born in Louisiana, but spent her life in and around the Cleveland area. She was considered a painter, printmaker and illustrator; first beginning her art in Cleveland around 1930. During the Depression era she worked mainly in the medium of lithography.
Honoré’s first ambition was to be a dancer , but her mother, Mary, cautioned her that a dancer’s legs eventually gave out. This lead Honoré to become an artist and her mother enrolled her into the School of Art Institute of Chicago where her mother knew a docent that could keep an eye on her daughter. At the Art Institute, Honoré could sample a variety of media and she eventually settled on printmaking and watercolor. It was here she met and married Edmund “Buck” Cooke.
After graduation and marriage, the couple moved to Cleveland where Buck was employed by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. In 1939 Honoré and Buck moved with their two children (Jennifer and Jeremy) along with the printing press to the 150-acre farm on Major Road, Peninsula, Ohio.
“Back Pasture” is a view from their back yard in Peninsula and is much the same today as it was when she created the image. In 1945 she ventured into book illustration and was a prizewinner for her illustrations for “The Adventures of Hajji Baba." Honoré began working in the 1960s with Cleveland author Ethel Collier. The four books for children from the collaboration are: “Hundreds and Hundreds of Strawberries," “Who Goes There in My Garden?”, “The Birthday Tree” and “I Know A Farm."