Cooley Art Gallery

Postings of recent paintings

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.

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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”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!


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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.


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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.

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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

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Sycamore Field

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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

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Front Yard Dogwood

Posted on | April 13, 2014 | 4 Comments

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

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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 | 1 Comment

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 | 1 Comment

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

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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.

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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”

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