Cooley Art Gallery

Postings of recent paintings


Gary Cooley


Born and raised in rural southeastern Michigan, and studied art at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mi.

As an illustrator my work has appeared in most major magazines, on many book covers, and in several childrens’ books. It also appeared in the society of Illustrators “200 Hundred Years of American Illustration”, and in many of their annual exhibitions.  The Illustrations and paintings have been in many juried exhibitions.  Taking a few medals along the way and winning two “Best of Show” at the Scarab Club of Detroit’s annual Michigan artists exhibition.

I exhibit my work at “The Gallery at Flat Rock”, a really wonderful gallery in town of Flat Rock, NC just south of Hendersonville where we now live

Painting is now my full time pursuit.  From plein air painting out in the field to  painting in the studio, I strive for the essence and soul of a scene or person.

The categories in the upper right corner are the larger pieces, portraits, landscapes, etc., of which most are for sale. Prints of some pieces are also  available.

As you will see, having grown up in farm country, I sometimes have an uncontrollable urge to paint a chicken or a hay bale.

contact info;

Gary Cooley

1832 Upper Ridgewood Blvd

Hendersonville, NC. 28791


  • I have been painting and illustrating professionally for my entire career. I recently left the graphic arts business to paint full time. Life is grand! If you would like to know more about me, hit the "About" link in the upper right corner. For pricing or any other info please email me. All images on this site are copyright protected by the artist.
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