Cooley Art Gallery

Postings of recent paintings

Red Hot

Posted on | June 18, 2016 | 4 Comments

This is a repost, but a good image for a hot summer and Father’s day.

I hope all of you Dad’s out there have a great day, especially you, Mike.

Red Hot

Round Bald

Posted on | June 12, 2016 | 1 Comment

The Appalachian trail, at Carver’s Gap, Roan Mountain Tn.  The trail just keeps on going all the way to Maine. I joined a few of the Plein air of NC for 3 days at this beautiful place.  Day 3 the wind stopped howling so we could get up here. 

App trail on Roan

Looking West

Posted on | May 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

The Biltmore has an incredible view to the west.  I set up my gear in the south pasture.  There are no bad views here.  11×14 oil on linen. 

Biltmore May_23_2016


Posted on | May 19, 2016 | 1 Comment

17 year old Colin our model for the Wed night portrait study session at the Tryon Painters and Sculptors studio.


Helen Byrd

Posted on | April 29, 2016 | No Comments

Our fantastic model at the Tryon Painters and Sculptors Wednesday night study session.  12 x 16 oil.

Helen 2

Edneyville Ruin

Posted on | April 28, 2016 | 1 Comment

A little falling down barn out in apple country.  8x 10 oil.

edneyville ruin

Made in the Shade

Posted on | March 30, 2016 | No Comments

A little 5″ x 7″ portrait of a hen from Rabun Gap, Georgia.

Happy Birthday Mike.  

hen in the shade


Posted on | March 23, 2016 | 2 Comments

A recent painting of Theophilous Mackey, one of the many great folks I’ve met here in Hendersonville, NC.  24″ x 30″ oil on linen.

Theo at Killarney

End of Winter

Posted on | March 15, 2016 | No Comments

Winter is as good as over here in Hendersonville, NC.  This is a scene from the Biltmore Estate done about a month ago.  Tomorrow it’s time to paint Spring.  Happy birthday Grandson Thomas and My Dad “Big Don” wherever you are.

melting meadow

Chicago Mike’s Blues

Posted on | February 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

Studio portrait of my friend, Mike Waterkotte, from, you guessed it. Chicago.  16 x 20 oil on linen.

Chicago Blue

Snowy fire pit

Posted on | January 31, 2016 | No Comments

snowy woodstackOur side yard after last weeks big snow.  11 x 14 oil


Posted on | January 31, 2016 | No Comments

Another all prima from our Wednesday night head study session at the Tryon Painters and Sculptors studio.  12 x 16 oil on linen.

Tyrone Perry

Big Foot Bob

Posted on | December 26, 2015 | No Comments

My friend Bob Shultz. He is an incredible musician from my hometown of Jackson, Michigan.  6″x12″ oil on linen.


Happy New Year to Mike, Celine, Emily, and Thomas!

Wolf’s Angel

Posted on | November 16, 2015 | No Comments

Plein Air painting of Wolf’s Angel.  The angel resides at the Hendersonville cemetery and was the inspiration for Thomas Wolf’s first novel, “Look Homeward Angel”.  9×12 oil on linen.  “available”

Wolf's Angel 1

Center Cut

Posted on | November 3, 2015 | 1 Comment

Another fine day in WNC.  9×12 oil on linen.

Center Cut

Nestled In

Posted on | October 26, 2015 | No Comments

One of the incredible working barns on the Biltmore Estate on a beautiful day.  I love roaming around there stopping to paint these scenes.  9×12 oil on linen. “Available”

Nestled In

The Barn at Walnut Cove

Posted on | August 3, 2015 | No Comments

Back to the Walnut Cove Stables near Hendersonville, NC.  11 x 14 oil on linen.


barn w_phantom

Biltmore Afternoon

Posted on | August 1, 2015 | No Comments

A view of the Biltmore mansion from the gardens.  I finally used my annual pass to the Biltmore estate and gardens.  What a spectacular place.  I’ll be returning often.  11 x 14 oil on linen panel.


mansion with arbor

Chicken Barn

Posted on | July 22, 2015 | No Comments

A plain air of the chicken barn at Walnut Cove Stables.  11 x 14  oil on linen.


Happy Father’s Day

Posted on | June 20, 2015 | No Comments

In honor of father’s day, here’s a big old rooster.  charcoal on paper.

I hope all you Dad’s receive the bar-b-que tools, fishing hats with clever quotes, and off brand golf balls you’ve been waiting for since last year.

An especially fine day to you Mike.

black and white rooster



Posted on | June 19, 2015 | No Comments

Remi from Walnut Cove Stables, near Hendersonville NC.  16 x 18 charcoal on paper.

Remi portrait


Posted on | June 11, 2015 | No Comments

Theo, painted at Wed. night head study.  12 x 16 oil on linen.


Chestnut Trot

Posted on | June 5, 2015 | 1 Comment

Remi from Walnut Cove Stables.  9 x 12 oil on linen.

chestnut run

Horse Torso

Posted on | May 29, 2015 | 2 Comments

A studio drawing in charcoal on 18 x 24 strathmore charcoal paper.  Thanks to Chrystal at Walnut Cove Stables for putting her horse through it’s paces so I could get this shot.



Posted on | May 9, 2015 | No Comments

“Ian” A great model last night at the Tryon Painters and Sculptors Studio. Pretty geeked up to paint after a weekend at the Portrait Society of America’s conference, in Atlanta. Oil on 12 x 16 linen.

DSC_6446 copy

Oakland Street Bungalow

Posted on | April 27, 2015 | No Comments

A pretty bungalow next door to my house.  Oil on 11 x 14 linen.  “available”

Oakland Street Bungalo

Apple Valley Blossoms

Posted on | April 19, 2015 | No Comments

The rain stopped long enough for me to get a couple paintings of the apple blossoms before they fall.  The apple valley, which is just 15 minutes from my house is a wonderland.   This is a 9 x 12 on a linen panel.


Apple Valley Blossoms

St. Simon’s Cedar

Posted on | April 3, 2015 | No Comments

A cedar tree from my recent St. Simon’s painting trip.  Once again, painted plain air until the rain, then finished in the studio.  Oil on 11 x 14 linen panel  “Available”

.St Simon's Cedar

Creek with Sycamores

Posted on | March 31, 2015 | No Comments

A creek near our house in Hendersonville, NC.  Oil on 10 x 10 linen.

Happy 50th Mike.  Hard to believe.

creek with sycamores


Posted on | March 14, 2015 | 2 Comments

This one is from my illustration days in Detroit.  Done for the Detroit Children’s Science center as a poster and t-shirt.  Acryllic on illustration board.

Happy birthday to Grandson, Thomas.

allosaurus copy


Posted on | February 20, 2015 | No Comments

Kennedy Greenwood, a British Musician now residing in Detroit with my friend Maggie Schultz. A great guy. Together he and Maggie make up the duo, “Honey and Buffalo”. 18 x 24 charcoal on strathmore paper.


Men in Hats, “Mike”

Posted on | February 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

My friend from Chicago, Mike Waterkotte.  18 x 24 charcoal on toned Canson paper.

mike w-charcoal copy

Nina Simone, the Black Swan

Posted on | February 4, 2015 | No Comments

Nina Simone, 24″ x 30″ Oil on linen.  Done for my gallery in Tryon, NC., Nina’s birthplace.

Nina_blk swan

Lady in a Red Headdress

Posted on | January 4, 2015 | 2 Comments

This is Kate from the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  11 x 14  oil on linen.

Lady in a Red Headress


Posted on | December 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

This is Huck, a white labrador retriever.  This was a commission for a neighbor in Atlanta.  11 x 14  Oil on linen.



Posted on | December 25, 2014 | No Comments

To you all!


robert johnson santa

A special wish for Mike, Emily, Celine, Thomas, and any other little bundles of joy you have around the house.

I’ve added a few more

Posted on | December 12, 2014 | No Comments

I’ve added a few more, so there are still plenty left.  Small paintings and some drawings at very reduced prices.  Not too late for that last minute gift.


bonical gardens1White Urn 5″x7″

Prints are now available

Posted on | December 8, 2014 | No Comments

I’ve added a set of botanical prints I illustrated years ago, along with my Blues musician series.

finalpears_lgeGo to prints category in upper right of page or  “click here”


Small Pieces at sale prices

Posted on | December 7, 2014 | No Comments

I am offering a selection of smaller pieces at reduced prices.  Goto the Smaller Pieces category in the upper right or click this link.

Email me at  We’ll arrange payment.

chicken study

Hay Barn in the Valley

Posted on | December 4, 2014 | No Comments

Hay barn filled for winter in a beautiful valley west of Hendersonville, NC.  9″ x 12″ oil on linen panel.

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White Barn Sunset

Posted on | November 11, 2014 | No Comments

With just a little daylight left and the temperature dropping fast, I had to stop and paint this scene on the road between Hendersonville and Brevard. 9×12 oil on linen

wh barn sunset_sm

Sycamore Field

Posted on | November 10, 2014 | Comments Off on Sycamore Field

There is still some color left in the Mountains of North Carolina.

sycamore field_sm

Killarney House

Posted on | November 3, 2014 | No Comments

My first Plein air in our new home, Hendersonville, NC.  This is Killarney house.  Ours is the guest or carriage house glimpsed in the background.  9 x 12 oil on linen panel.

kilarney oct 27_sm


Posted on | October 15, 2014 | No Comments

2 hr oil sketch, painted at the Atlanta Artist’s Center.




Red Hot

Posted on | September 25, 2014 | No Comments

What is left of an old truck stop sign on the outskirts of Meridian, Mississippi.

Red Hot_sm


Posted on | September 1, 2014 | No Comments

Elena, a fantastic new model at the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  Oil on 12″ x 16″ Arches oil paper. “Available”



The White Chicken Strut

Posted on | August 8, 2014 | No Comments

A proud white chicken strutting around the coup in Rabun Gap, Georgia.  Oil on 12″ x 16″ linen.  “Available”

White chicken strut_sm

Chocolay River Bank

Posted on | July 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

At a bend in the Chocolay river as the sun was coming up in the UP of Michigan near Marquette.  8″ x 10″ oil on linen panel
chocolay river bank_sm

St William’s Church

Posted on | July 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

St William’s Catholic church in Paoli, Wisconsin, just a few miles outside of Madison.  A very pretty little mission style church at the corner of the town square.

St Williams_sm

Sue Taylor’s Wisteria

Posted on | July 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Just finished a trip through Michigan, Wisconsin, and then Chicago. This is Sue Taylor’s wisteria in Lake Station, Michigan. 8″ x 10″ oil on linen panel.

Sue's wisteria_sm

Happy 4th of July

Posted on | July 3, 2014 | No Comments

A very Happy Birthday to a very special lady, my Granddaughter Emily.  I miss you so.

This piece is a digital painting of Obi-Wan as a younger man.  This was done as part of a boxed set released by Lucas Films and Hasbro.  Done in Corel Painter.


Day 4 in Provence

Posted on | June 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

On day four it was still cloudy with a little rain, but who cares?   I’m in Provence painting.  This granite hill was just behind the Inn, surrounded by cherry orchards and vineyards.  8″ x 10″ oil on panel. day 3 provence

Field with Long Shadows

Posted on | June 21, 2014 | No Comments

Final painting from final day in Provence. Field with long shadows, 8″ x 10″ oil on panel.

final day shadows

Le Madelene, near Malaucene, France

Posted on | June 4, 2014 | No Comments

A painting from the road of Le Madelene, the ancient monastery where we stayed during the workshop with Julian Merrow-Smith.  Day 5  6″ x 10″ oil on panel.

Le Madelene day 5



Day 1 in Provence

Posted on | June 3, 2014 | No Comments

Just behind Le Madelene, where we stayed, is this beautiful valley full of vineyards and orchards.  The clouds moved in, but it was still a stunning view.  Julian had just given an amazing demo and we all scattered to find our masterpieces.  6″ x 8″ oil on panel.

provence day 1

Two Poplars Against the Mountain

Posted on | May 30, 2014 | No Comments

Just back from my incredible trip to the Provence area of France.  It was my retirement gift from Indigo Studios.  What a Gift!  A week painting with one of my favorite painters, Julian Merrow-Smith.  He puts on a workshop that could not be topped, by anyone!  Myself and nine other painters stayed at a restored 12th century  monastery, complete with gourmet meals.  Not all my paintings were keepers, as it was a workshop.  A few, however, I will show.  This one is from day 3.  Oil on 8″ x 10″ gessoed panel.day3_sm


Posted on | May 14, 2014 | No Comments

Nanybel Salazar, was the model for this session at the Atlanta Artist’s Center. Nanybel is also a a very talented painter and a juried member of The Atlanta Portrait Society. 11″ x 14″ oil on linen.


Charcoal Gestures and Drawings

Posted on | May 9, 2014 | No Comments

2 minute gesture drawings and 20 minute drawings from my Wednesday night session at the Atlanta Artist’s Center.    Charcoal on 18″ x 24″ charcoal paper.  Click to enlarge.
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Man in Dark Red

Posted on | May 6, 2014 | No Comments

This painting is from the Tuesday session at the Atlanta Artist’s Center.  The model is Matthew.  12″ x 16″


Bud McGee’s Field

Posted on | April 29, 2014 | No Comments

While driving from Atlanta to Louisiana, I left the highway at Forest, Mississippi to search for a subject to paint.  Finally, I spotted this gorgeous field full of small yellow flowers.  Little did I know, that the local dairy farmers had a different opinion of these little beauties.  The owner of the farm, Bud, and his grandson Matthew, let me know they didn’t think the yellow fields were pretty.  You’re not from around here are you, they asked?  “They’re weeds and I hate em”, said Bud.  The little yellow flowers are full of sulphur and the cows won’t stick their noses in them to get to the grass below.  As I painted they were spraying and cutting and anything else possible to kill the weeds.  I painted fast because if Bud had his way they would be gone the next day.  That is until they came back next year, of which I was assured by Bud, they surely would.  Oil on 9″ x 12″ linen panel.  “Available”

McGee's field_sm

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