Cooley Art Gallery

Postings of recent paintings

Amelia Barron

Amelia is the youngest of the Barron sisters.  Two done in the series, one to go. 24 x 24 oil

More Wednesday Night Faces

        Mike Janonis and Lauren Beckwith were the last 2 to sit for our Wednesday night portrait sessions at the Tryon Painters and Sculptors Studio.  Both are 12 x 16 oil on linen.


Madeline Is the first in a series of the 3 Barron sisters. 32 x 18 oil on linen

Brown Dog Redux

Charlie, the beloved Brown Dog from ” The Gallery at Flat Rock”. Sadly, Charlie left us a few months back.  We will miss her forever.

Four faces from Wednesday Night

Four of the models from our Wednesday night portrait sessions.


Another from our Wednesday night portrait sessions.

The King of Walnut Cove

Just love painting a chicken now and then. 8×10 oil

Figure Paintings

3 new pieces from our Wednesday night figure and portrait sessions at the Tryon Artists and sculptor’s studio.    

Maked Tree Vineyard 2023

I taught a workshop at the Marked Tree Vineyard celebration of the arts. in June. These were my demos  

Marked Tree Vineyard

    I taught a workshop at Marked tree Vineyard over the weekend, with 5 talented and motivated painters.  We had beautiful weather in this incredible setting.  One demo each morning, each 11 x 14 oil. Available $750 each

Merritt Jacob

I spent an entertaining afternoon at my friend Merritt’s house, painting his portrait and listening to stories of his life and ancestry.  He’s from am old New England family that has a few skeletons in the closet. 12 x 16 oil “Sold”    

Thinking of Summer at Granite Lake WI

A couple July scenes in gouache.  6 x 8

Self Portrait on a Cold Day

Temps in the single digits.  The insulation in my studio can’t quite keep up. 6 x 8 oil on paper.

Snow at Biltmore Sheep Meadow.

A little studio gouache painting.

Brenda Whitcomb

A Christmas commission.  Brenda commissioned me to paint her husband,Bruce a few years back.  Bruce had me paint Brenda as a surprise.    9 x 12 oil

Marked Tree Vineyard

Marked Tree Vineyard, located in the Flat Rock NC area.  One of the prettiest spots I’v had the pleasure to paint. Marked Tree Vista 11 x 14 “Sold”     The Road to Marked Tree 11 x 14    The Tasting Room at Marked Tree  12 x 12

Flat Rock Park

These 3 were done over the last couple weeks at Flat Rock Park in Flat Rock, NC   Flat Rock Lilly Pond 1 12″ x 12″  oil on linen panel 700   Flat Rock Water Birch 12″ x 12″  oil on linen panel 700   Flat Rock Lilly Pond 2 11″ x 14″   oil […]

Pitcher with Feathers

A still life done over a few rainy days.  12 x 16 oil

“Leon and Margot”

    A commision for my cousins, Rick and Tracey Cassard, of their grandchildren, Leon and Margot Beal.

Bamboo and Mountain Laurel

The view from our window 36″ x 24″ oil on linen “available”

6 Men in a zoom meeting

6 friends from a zoom meeting Oil on 18 x 24 Strathmore

Easter Selfie

Got my second shot a few days ago.  This is my last selfie before venturing ou into humanity.  I know I look a year older.  I wonder how everyone else fared?

“Cathy Olivas”

My latest commission.  The sister of a dear friend.  12 x 16 oil

Idyll Cottage

My friend Suzanne Camarata commisioned me to paint her parents vacation home.  It sits in the Northern Mountains of South Carolina. 18 x18 oil

Socially Distanced Cow

  24″ x 30″ oil on linen.  “available”


Just learned that “Star”,  was accepted into the American Impressionist Society’s first National online showcase.

Nodding Giants

Headed out to Johnson Farms, here in Hendersonville, to catch the last of the Sunflower season. 9 x 12 oil  “Available”  

The Quarantine Painters

“Hogback Peach Blossoms”  9×12 oil At the beginning of our Covid shutdown, a few of my painter friends and I decided we could safely paint outside as a group.  So, once a week a location would be selected and we would meet there and paint plein air. This peach blossom painting is from the very […]

Into Atlanta

heading The RR tracks heading toward downtown Atlanta. 16 x 20 oil on linen.

Flowergirl #8

The last of the 5″x7″ Flowergirl series

The Flower Girls Dance

The flower girls had the floor to themselves at the wedding reception.  9″ x 12″  oil on linen  

The Angels Danced

Happy Holidays everyone.


My Uncle Bob Tayor.  I keep trying to capture this guy, but he’s tough in more ways than one.  I think this effort comes the closest. 16 x 20 oil

Rail Road Bridge Over the French Broad River

Plein air on a beautiful NC day.   The colors of fall are coming on.  Not quite as vibrant this year, due to lack of rain. 11 x 14 oil

Rick Cassard

My friend and cousin, Rick Carssard.  This painting is for his CD of wonderful songs, that he writes to his wife, daughters, and Grandchildren.  He is quietly, a very talented guy. 20 x 24 oil on linen.

September Light Lake Julian

A perfect day at the marina on Lake Julian.   11 x 14 oil on linen

Afternoon Delight

Hard to resist painting sunflowers.   Johnson Farms  Hendersonville, NC 12″ x 12″ oil on linen

Red Hot Happy 4th!

Happy 4th everyone!   This was done a few years back.  16 x 20 oil   Happy Birthday Emily.  You should email me, there is something you should know.    

Mrs. Sandburg’s Goat

One of the goats at the Carl Sandburg home in nearby Flat Rock, NC. 16″ x 20″ oil

RIP Dr John

Painting done years ago.  Still have this one.  Oil on panel. Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers.   Mike D. please get in touch there is something you should know.

Heidelberg Hotel

Heidelberg Hotel, at the Bonclarken Conference Center in Flat Rock, NC. A lovely place with much more to paint.

Lenten Rose and Camellia

Painting a still life with the masters on tv in the background.  My kind of Sunday.

“The Yardbirds”

” The Yardbirds”  16 x 20 oil Happy Birthday Mike!

Battery Point Lighthouse

Painted in the studio, inspired from a trip to N. California a few years ago. 30″ x 24″ oil on linen. Happy Birthday to Thomas Rockefeller Donaldson.

Dark Lady

A little Black hen from Herbalicious Farms, NC 12″ x 24″ oil on linen panel.

Brown Dog Redux

Our dog Sunny’s best buddy in a calm moment. 11″ x 14″ oil on linen panel

Golden Hour Pines

Painted from photos on our West coast drive, a few years back. 24″ x 24″ oil on linen

Holly’s Trees

Fall in Western NC is still with us.  This is from my friends Holly and Kim’s spread. 9 x 12 oil.

Before the Storm

Headed out yesterday to paint before the rain and wind move in. Lake Julian, NC. 11 x 14

The Yellow Boat

A little 6×8 done just as the sun rose over Grand Traverse Bay.  This was done on the final day of the “Paint Grand Traverse” plein air event in Traverse City Mi.  It was a beautiful place to paint alongside some great painters from all over the country.  

Aaron Dworkin

Aaron is the past Dean of The School of Music Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan.  A commission I just delivered.

Remy’s Torso 2

Happy birthday to Thomas Rockefeller Donaldson.  Here is a horse for your birthday.  18 x 24 charcoal


Keeping up with the aging process.  My last self portrait was a few years ago.  12″ x 16″ oil on linen.


This has been parked in my neighborhood for a few days and I finally got a chance to paint it.  The owner, James is going to take it cross country in a few days.  It is beautiful inside and out.  A real piece of Americana.

Tree Tunnell

Discovered this scene on S. Mills River Road.  Beautiful road.

Bridge Over the French Broad River.

The colors are coming on strong and The mountains are beautiful. This bridge is along Brevard road in Etowah, NC. 9 x 12 oil


Bruce and his wife Brenda, visiting from Myrtle Beach,  came into the gallery in Asheville  one day.  He had on a Great looking hat.  He became the next installment to the Men in Hats series.  8×10 oil.


A little something different.  I worked from a selfie my friend Caroline took.  10 x 10 oil on linen.

Late Summer Greens

A small lake a few blocks from my house.  The greens are just starting to change.  9×12 oil.

Christopher Kendall

A commissioned portrait for the University of Michigan, of Christopher Kendall, the past dean of the School of Music Theatre and Dance.  It will be hung in the school’s new building. 24″ x  36″ oil on linen.

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