If the first two words that pop in your mind are “swamp” or “gumbo” then Brooke (I. Wilke) Hoogendoorn’s latest work is a success.

The New Iberia native is the artist behind the official 2012 World Championship Gumbo Cook Off poster.

Her vibrant, “camp deep down in the bayou” design is familiar to both Louisiana residents and “outsiders” whose only knowledge about the Bayou State comes from watching cable television shows.

And that’s the point, the Lafayette resident said.

This year’s cookoff theme is simply and appropriately titled ‘Cook ’Em,” based on lead “Swamp People” star Troy Landry’s now famous “Choot ’Em” tagline. Landry, along with his son Jacob Landry, happen to be special guests for the 23-year celebration on Oct. 13 and 14 in Bouligny Plaza.

“I had a lot of guidance for this poster because we were trying to stay with a swamp-type theme,” Hoogendoorn said. “I was trying to incorporate a little bit of everything. I even added the little alligator for the Swamp guys. It all has a real Louisiana feel.”

“I had a lot of guidance for this poster because we were trying to stay with a swamp-type theme. I was trying to incorporate a little bit of everything. I even added the little alligator for the Swamp guys. It all has a real Louisiana feel.”

It’s not the first time she’s been the official artist behind the event’s poster.

The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce began commissioning artists in 2008 to design the poster each year, but before then an annual poster contest was held, chamber vice president Kelly Roark said.

Hoogendoorn was the winning artist in 2002 and 2005.

She started her career as a professional artist 10 years ago and proudly declares her skills are “self-taught.” She said she gets her inspiration from everywhere, including her family.

The design on 2005 Gumbo Cook Off’s official poster shares a close-up image of a man savoring a taste of what clearly looks like a good gumbo.

“That was my grandfather,” she said with a smile. “He modeled for me.”

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