Cooley Art Gallery

Postings of recent paintings

Reclining Nude

Posted on | April 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

2 hr study of a reclining nude at the Atlanta Artist’s center.  Oil on 11″ x 14″ linen

reclining nude

Front Yard Dogwood

Posted on | April 13, 2014 | 3 Comments

The dogwood we planted about 12years ago, is beautiful this year.

blooming dogwood


Posted on | March 14, 2014 | No Comments

Painted Alla Prima at the Atlanta Artist’s Center,  12″ x 16″ oil on linen.

Happy Birthday to Grandson Thomas


The Berney Girls

Posted on | March 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

I just finished this commission for my friends Chris and  Caroline Berney. Their lovely girls, Lilly and Ava.  24″ x 30″  oil on linen.

Berney Girls

Sketches of Clare

Posted on | February 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

Clare, another of our great models at the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  Both are oil on 12″ x 16″ linen





Posted on | January 29, 2014 | No Comments

One more for the men in hats series.  Rogdre is a model from the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  12″ x 16″ oil on linen


Emerald #5

Posted on | January 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

Another of Emerald, one of our favorite models at the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  11″ x 14″ oil on linen.


Emerald #5

White Rooster # 3

Posted on | January 13, 2014 | No Comments

A white rooster from Rabun, Gap Georgia.  5″ x 7″ oil on linen panel.  ”Available”

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Hen with Brown Head

Posted on | January 7, 2014 | No Comments

Another for the chicken portrait series.  Oil on 5″x7″ linen panel.  ”Available”

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Portrait of Joe

Posted on | December 30, 2013 | No Comments

A charcoal drawing of my Friend Joe Borri.  18″ x 24″ charcoal on Canson paper.

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Posted on | November 22, 2013 | No Comments

A painting from life.  Painted at the Atlanta Art Center. 11″x14″ oil on linen.


Quiana Reclining

Posted on | November 12, 2013 | No Comments

Another from my wednesday night drawing and painting session.  11 x 14 oil on linen. “available”



Posted on | November 7, 2013 | 1 Comment

Another from my Wednesday night sketch session at the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  11″ x 14″  Oil on linen.  ”available”




Posted on | October 18, 2013 | No Comments

Darwin.  One more for the “Men in Hats series”.  Oil on 8″ x 10″ linen panel.


Emerald With a Fedora

Posted on | October 17, 2013 | No Comments

Another from the wednesday night alla prima session.  Oil on 12″ x 16″ linen


Emerald in fedora

Marietta Street Building by the Tracks

Posted on | October 10, 2013 | No Comments

Another building near the tracks, near downtown Atlanta.  Painted plein air despite the homeless fellas and the railroad cops.

11″ x 14″ oil on linen.  ”Available”

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Jimmy O

Posted on | September 22, 2013 | No Comments

One more for the men in hats series.  8″x10″ oil on linen panel

jimmy o

Rooftops in Rome

Posted on | August 26, 2013 | No Comments

The light was just right and the sky was a color you only see in Italy.  8″ x 10″ oil on linen.

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Tom’s Boat House

Posted on | August 9, 2013 | No Comments

Tom’s boat house in the morning light. Located on Granite Lake in Wisconsin.  Just across the lake from where we stay every year.

9″ x 12″ color study done in oil on Arches oil paper.

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Posted on | August 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

A great model from my Wednesday night drawing class.   Oil on 11″x14″ linen.



Subrt’s Silo and Barn

Posted on | August 2, 2013 | No Comments

Spent a windy morning painting this silo and barn , near Rice Lake Wisconsin, I’ve admired for years.  I had to chase my sun umbrella down the road a couple times.

I had a chance to meet Leroy and Gayle Subrt and they were very nice people.

” Sold”

ACO Subrt barn

Happy Birthday

Posted on | July 4, 2013 | No Comments

This is a piece done for the Step by Step Illustrated Chinese Cookbook.  Published by Simon and Schuster in the late 70′s.  Watercolor and ink on rice paper.

chicken and duck

Mason Mill Park

Posted on | June 25, 2013 | No Comments

A plein air done at Mason Woods park in NE Atlanta.  9″ x 12″ oil on canvas.  ”available”

mason woods stream

Small Nude

Posted on | June 23, 2013 | No Comments

An hour and a half, oil sketch from life.  Oil on 11″ x 14″ canvas.

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Abandoned Burger Joint

Posted on | June 16, 2013 | 1 Comment

An abandoned burger joint on Atlanta’s west side.  11″ x 14″  Oil on linen.

Happy Father’s day.  You know who I’m talking to..

abandoned burger joint

Strolling in Rome

Posted on | May 31, 2013 | 1 Comment



A couple strolling at the Campo de Fiore in Rome.  Oil on 5″x7″ linen panel.



Iris in Brown Vase

Posted on | May 7, 2013 | 1 Comment

The Iris are huge and beautiful in our garden this spring.  I managed to paint this before they were flattened by the rain..  Oil on 12″ x 16″ linen.

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Building by the Tracks

Posted on | April 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

An odd shaped building by the tracks near midtown Atlanta, with downtown off in the distance.  12″ x 16″  Oil on linen.

building by the tracks

Rome Backstreet

Posted on | April 10, 2013 | No Comments

A back alley type street full of little cars and motorbikes.  5″ x 7″ oil on linen panel.

Rome street

Ram and Flock

Posted on | March 14, 2013 | 4 Comments

A digital piece, done in Corel Painter.

Happy birthday Mike.


Posted on | March 12, 2013 | 2 Comments



A charcoal drawing of my friend Sarah.  14 x 17


Alec in Shades 2

Posted on | January 28, 2013 | No Comments

Another of my friend Alec.  Oil on  5″x7″linen panel.Alec2

Vatican City Street Scene

Posted on | January 20, 2013 | 1 Comment






A winding street scene in Vatican City.  Oil on 5″x7″ linen panel.

vatican city street

Street Scene in Rome

Posted on | January 18, 2013 | 2 Comments




A scene from our trip a few years ago,somewhere in Rome.


Atomic Disintegrator

Posted on | December 30, 2012 | No Comments

Atomic disintegrator, made by Hubley,  Thanks to Russ Williams for the loan of his ray gun for my still life.  Oil on 12″ x 16″ canvas panel. “sold”

Alec in Shades

Posted on | December 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

A small portrait of my friend Alec.  Painted from one of his photos taken in Northern Michigan.  Oil on 8″ x 10″ linen panel.

Lake Lanier, Tryon, N.C.

Posted on | November 25, 2012 | No Comments

Another from the fall plein air workshop in Tryon, NC.  Oil on 11 ” x 14″ canvas.

North Carolina Mountain Veiw

Posted on | November 23, 2012 | No Comments

A view of the North Carolina Mountains painted on recent fall outdoor workshop with Rich Nelson.  Oil on 9″ x 12″ canvas

Irises in Ceramic vase

Posted on | October 11, 2012 | No Comments

A vase of irises from our garden,  Painted early this past summer.  12″ x 16″  oil on linen.

3 Jacksons

Posted on | September 21, 2012 | 2 Comments

3 views of Jackson, our big beautiful flat coat retriever.  He left a short time ago and went wherever good dogs go when they pass on.  He  was a pal and a clown and we miss him.

Oil on 24″ x 36″ canvas

Jim’s Creek

Posted on | September 19, 2012 | 3 Comments

A painting done on our visit with My cousin Jim Cooley and his wife Laura, At their Wisconsin farm.  This is the small river that meanders through.  9′ x 12″ oil on canvas.

Morning Window

Posted on | July 8, 2012 | 2 Comments

An illustration from a book I’ve been working on for years now.  I might finish it in this lifetime, or maybe not.  Done digitally in Painter and Photoshop.

Happy Birthday

Posted on | July 4, 2012 | No Comments

An illustration from the archives.  A magazine ad from the summer of 1978.

Happy birthday dear Emily, and a happy 4th to all.

Happy Father’s Day

Posted on | June 17, 2012 | 1 Comment

This is one of my illustrations from the early 80′s.  A murder mystery cover done for Dell publishing

Have a great day Mike!

White door

Posted on | June 8, 2012 | No Comments

White parish door at historic, Church of the cross, in Bluffton, SC.  Oil on 8″ x 10″ linen panel.


Nina Simone with Ear Ring

Posted on | April 13, 2012 | No Comments

Another of Nina Simone for the musician series.

14″ x 14″  Oil on linen

French Quarter Doorway

Posted on | February 19, 2012 | No Comments

Today’s post is a doorway in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  I don’t remember the street, but I loved the old world look of the architecture.

Oil on 8 ” x 10″ linen panel.

Ricky Jay “Cards as Weapons”

Posted on | February 14, 2012 | 6 Comments

I don’t even want to admit how long ago I painted this illustration.  Ok, it was 1977.   I didn’t have as much hair as Ricky, but almost.  I still have the original painting for this one.  The illustration was used as a book cover as well as a large poster.  I see the posters are still selling online for a few hundred apiece.  Someone forgot to send me my 10% commission.  Come on, a deal is a Deal.  I won’t be holding my breath.  Hey Ricky, I still have one of the books.  I’m patiently  waiting for you to autograph it for me.  It’s only been 35 years.

2 Harry’s

Posted on | December 8, 2011 | No Comments

Two views of Harry, the Chinese crested hairless.  Harry resides in Baton Rouge, La. With my nephew and his family.  6″ x 10″ oil on linen.

Covered Bridge

Posted on | November 12, 2011 | No Comments

A covered bridge at Stone Mountain Park. Near Atlanta Georgia. Painted plein air.  Oil on 11″ x 14″ canvas.


Kiawah Island View

Posted on | October 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

A scene from the ocean course on Kiawah Island, SC.

Oil on 11″ x 14″ canvas.

Nina color sketch

Posted on | September 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

Color study for Nina Simone painting.  5 1/2″x6 1/2″ oil on linen



Posted on | August 31, 2011 | 1 Comment

Another in the chicken series.

I don’t know what it is about chickens.  Maybe it’s the expressive faces.  This one seems a bit surpised.

5″ x 7″ oil on linen panel.

Buck Rogers Atomic Blaster

Posted on | August 24, 2011 | 2 Comments

The Buck Rogers U235 Atomic Blaster.  If that is important to anyone

Oil on 8″ x 10″ linen panel.



Posted on | July 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

Another for the “Men in Hats series”  This a friend from Atlanta who plays a mean guitar.

9″x11″ oil on linen.

Obi Wan as a Young Man

Posted on | July 3, 2011 | 4 Comments

















Style sketch done in Corel painter and photoshop, for Hasbro and Lucas films illustration.


Flash Gordon Ray Gun

Posted on | June 29, 2011 | No Comments

A Flash Gordon Ray Gun, another from my friend Russ Williams’ collection.

8″ x 10″ oil on linen

At auction on ebay


Across the Lake

Posted on | June 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

A view of Stone Mountain from across the lake on a 95 degree day.

Stone Mountain park, Georgia.  8″x 10″ oil on linen.

At auction for 7 days.


Happy Fathers / U.S Open Day

Posted on | June 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

An illustration from a few years back.

The model for this is my friend Andy Ayrault, who deserves an honorable mention on fathers day.  Two sets of twins 3 years apart.

Acryllics on illustration board

Balconies in Rome

Posted on | June 14, 2011 | No Comments

Lovely shadows from deco balconies in Rome.

Oil on 7″ x 9″ gessoed panel.


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