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Mike Rooney

Artist Statement:

Mike Rooney is recognized as one of North Carolina's top plein air (outdoor) painters and is represented in East Coast galleries from Cape Cod Massachusetts to Key West Florida. He is also an accomplished workshop instructor holding classes from Maine to Italy, and recently in Cuba for a People to People Cultural Exchange. He will be returning to Cuba for another exchange in January 2016.

Painting in oil, Rooney's subject matter varies, but he loves to show the effect of light on water, boats, and the beach environment from the salt marshes of the Atlantic seaboard to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

His methodology is varied and he never follows a set way of starting a painting. He goes outside to paint, without a preconceived method or formula, approaching each painting differently, experimenting to shake things up a little. Each completed painting brings insight for the one to come.

The blurs of color Rooney paints on-site are recognizable as boats, beach houses, and seas and they desire the great outdoors as much as the painter himself.