Cooley Art Gallery

Postings of recent paintings

Christopher Kendall

The former Dean of the Music Theatre and Dance School at the University of Michigan. This a preliminary drawing for a portrait I was commissioned to paint.  The final painting was not this pose, but I thought this drawing worked out well.  16″ x 18″  charcoal and chalk on toned paper.

Men in Hats, “Mike”

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

Bud McGee’s Field

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 […]

White Rooster # 3

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


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

Nina Simone with Ear Ring

Another of Nina Simone for the musician series. 14″ x 14″  Oil on linen

French Quarter Doorway

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.

Kiawah Island View

A scene from the ocean course on Kiawah Island, SC. Oil on 11″ x 14″ canvas.

Nina color sketch

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

Obi Wan as a Young Man

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

Across the Lake

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. Available

Balconies in Rome

Lovely shadows from deco balconies in Rome. Oil on 7″ x 9″ gessoed panel. “Sold”

Buck Rogers Ray Gun

A still life painting of a Buck Rogers water pistol ray gun.  Oil on 8″x10″ linen panel The gun is from the fine and funky collection of my friend Russ Williams.  Russ is a talented graphic artist and incredible sculptor of otherworldly creatures and spaceships, made from worldly objects. Sold

Yellow Onion

Yellow onion on Blue.8″x10″ oil on linen panel. “Available” Thanks to Rich Nelson for sharing some of his time and knowledge, at his landscape workshop this past week.  I recommend it to painters of any skill level.  

Rooster Portrait #3

Another chicken portrait.  5″ x 7″ oil on linen panel. “available”


My Buddy Kass, 11 yr old golden.  Oil on 5″ x 7″ linen panel. nfs

Portrait of a White Rooster

                                Another rooster for the chicken portrait gallery.  Oil on 5″ x 7″ linen panel. “available”

Jimmy Yancy

A portrait of Jimmy Yancy, blues pianist. Painted back in the late 90’s. 12″ x 15″, oil on masonite. Happy birthday  Mike!

Portrait of a Rooster

A portrait of one fine looking rooster.  Oil on 5″ x 7″ linen panel. “Sold”  

Self Portrait in a Felt Cap

For the “Men in Hats” series a self portrait in a hat I just bought today. 5″ x 7″ oil on linen panel.

White Garden Urn

A white urn in a quiet corner at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Oil on 5″ x 7″ linen panel. “Available”

Stonemont #16

The par three sixteenth hole on Marriott’s Stonemont course at Stone Mountain Park, Georgia.  Commissioned to hang in the pro shop. 24″ x 32″ Oil on linen

Zihua, morning

The hills above Zihuatanejo, Mexico in the early morning light.

Johann Gutenberg

A calendar illustration done around 1982.  It depicts Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of the movable type printing press in 1439, at work in his print shop. I took some liberty with the gold leaf.  The model was an old friend from NYC, Jim Spillane. 18″x18″ Acrylic on gessoed masonite.

Purple Dog

Happy Fourth of July! Happy 18th Birthday Emily! One of my first digital paintings of a little old dog looking out to the digital  future,  from a wasteland of broken and useless art studio materials. Ready to learn some new tricks.

Crumbling Ego

Digital painting for a magazine cover.  Done in Corel Painter and Photoshop.

Marsh at Dusk

A northern Wisconsin marsh at sunset. oil on linen.

Cabin on the Point

Cabin on the point, on Granite Lake in upstate Wisconsin.  Oil on 5″ x 7″ linen panel. Auction ended  “Available”


Harvey’s barber shop on Cheshire Bridge road in Atlanta, on an early sunday morning.  Oil on 5″x7″ linen panel.   “Sold”

Angel Trumpets

Angel Trumpets that bloom in our yard until the first frost. Oil on 5″x7″ linen panel. available at auction for 7 days on Ebay. Auction ended, “available”


In honor of the new year, a portrait of Voltaire, a very optimistic and enlightened fellow.  Painted from a plaster sculpture hanging in my studio. Oil on 8″x10″  linen. Will be available at auction on Ebay for 7 days. Auction ended, “available”

489 Peachtree Street

Interesting door in early November light near downtown Atlanta. Oil on 5″ x 7″ linen panel Available at auction for 7 days on ebay Auction ended, “available”

537 Peachtree Street

French Farmhouse

Abandoned french vineyard, near Mt. Ventoux. oil on 4 1/2″ x 7″ gessoed board. “available” $150

Men in Hats, Randall

Portrait of my friend, the painter. Randall Diehl.  Done from a photo taken in the early 80’s 12″ x 15″ OIl on gessoed masonite

Palatine Hill, Rome

The Palatine musem on Palatine Hill, in Rome. Oil on 6″x8″ gessoed paper. Auction ended.  “Available”  $150 Contact me at

Johnny Winter #2

A portrait of Blues and Rock great “Johnny Winter” Oil on 11″ x 15″ gessoed masonite. “Available”

Bob Taylor

A portrait of My uncle. Bob Taylor. 7″ x 9″ oil on linen.

Cow and barn

A dairy cow from wisconsin. 5″x7″ oil on linen panel Available  $150

Doorway in Rome

A bronze doorway, somewhere in Rome. Oil on 5″x7″ linen panel. This original oil painting will be available at auction for 7 days. Auction ended, “Available” $150

White Barn with Green Roof

A white barn with a green roof on highway H in northwestern Wisconsin. oil on 5″x7″ linen panel Auction ended “available”  $175 Contact me at

White Church #2

Another view of the Entrance to a pretty little white Church in Micanopy, Florida Oil on 5″x7″ linen panel “Sold”

Robert Johnson, Father of the Blues

In honor of Father’s day, I thought this painting of Robert Johnson, done a few years ago, would be just the thing. Robert Johnson,  12″x15″  oil on gessoed masonite. Original “sold” A limited edition of 100 prints are now available, signed and numbered.  12″ x 15″ with a one inch border. Beautifully reproduced on a […]

Veranda Gate

The gate to my neighbors veranda. Painted from life.  Oil on 7″x9″ gessoed board. Auction ended, “Available” $175 + $8.00 s&h


Welcome to Gary Cooley’s art gallery.    Yet another in my “Men in Hats” series Be sure to peruse the categories of larger paintings in the categories links. If you wish to be notified of new postings, hit the “subscribe 2” link on the right. My Friend Owen in his hat of many colors.  6″x8″ […]


Welcome to Gary Cooley’s art gallery.    Here’s another in my “Men in Hats” series Be sure to peruse the categories of larger paintings in the categories links. Portrait of Aaron, Live action director.  8″x10″ oil on gessoed board. Not for sale.

Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters in his prime. 24″ x 36″  oil on linen. “Available”  $1,600

Cherokee Rose Trees

It’s Spring in Atlanta and everything is in bloom.  These are the Cherokee rose trees in my neighbors yard.  My first attempt at outdoor painting.  Oil on 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ gessoed board. Auction ended.  This painting is available for $175 Please contact me at


Welcome to Gary Cooley’s art gallery.    All the paintings in this gallery are originals and one of a kind.   Larger paintings are categorized in the upper right of the page. Click on image for larger view. A portrait of my photographer friend, Steve.  oil on 7″x9″ gessoed card. Not for sale.

Red Barn

Red barn near Cumberland. Wisconsin.  Oil on 5″x7″ linen panel.  May be framed or hung as is. auction ended,  “available”

Blue door in Monterosso

Blue door along a side street in Monterosso, Italy. Oils on 5″x7″ linen panel “Sold”

Lakemont Number One

Lakemont # 1 at the Stone Mountain Golf Club.   Oil on canvas 36″ x 54″. Commissioned by the Marriott Stone Mountain golf Club to hang in the pro shop.

Johnny Winter

                  Portrait of Blues and Rock legend Johnny Winter. Watercolor and ink on watercolor paper.  6″x8″. “Sold”

Robert Pete Williams

Portrait of blues man “Robert Pete Williams” 5 1/2″x7″ watercolor and ink on heavy watercolor paper auction ended,   “available”  $125.00

Monterossso Arch

An archway on a small side street in Monterosso, Italy. auction ended,  “available” Pleases contact me at


Welcome to Gary Cooley’s art gallery.    All the paintings in this gallery are originals and one of a kind.   Larger paintings are categorized in the upper right section of this page.                    A portrait of our friend Amos.  6″x8″ oil on linen “Sold”

Lakemont #1

An early fall morning on the first hole of the Stone Mountain Lakemont course, at Stone Mountain state park, just outside of Atlanta. Oil study on gessoed strathmore.  5 1/2″x8 1/2″ “available” If not sold by the end of the auction, this painting will be available at $225. Pleases contact me at

Warwick Castle, England

Warwick Castle, in England, on a rainy day in late December. “available” Please contact me at

Monterosso Door #2

A doorway on a narrow sidestreet in Monterosso, Italy.  oils on 5″x7″ linen panel “Sold” Please contact me at

Kentucky Valley

Sunlight in a valley in the Kentucky hill country.  Oils on 5″x7″ canvas panel. Available If this painting not sold once the auction ends it will be available for $175. + S&H Please contact me at

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  • 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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