Brecha Generacional, 40 x 30 inches, Oil
       
     
Malecon Sunset, 16 X 20 inches, OIl
       
     
Tropical GLow, 16 x 20 inches, Oil
       
     
Christmas tree Island, 12 x 14, Oil
       
     
Primo Spot, 8 X 10 inches, OIL
       
     
2015-02-12 18.10.17.jpg
       
     
Alone in The Street, Havana.jpg
       
     
CarolineStAfternoon18x24.JPG
       
     
catholic lane 0314c 8x10.jpg
       
     
Jose's Cantina.jpg
       
     
Key West Alley.JPG
       
     
Sm 2016.jpg
       
     
Mike Rooney's "Old Town Lane", 16 X 20, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
       
     
Mike Rooney's "Punto Brilliante", 30X40, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
       
     
Mike Rooney's "One Fine Day", 20x16, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
       
     
Mike Rooney's "Safe Harbor" 18x24, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
       
     
Mike Rooney's "Dreaming in Red", 30x40 Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
       
     
Mike Rooney's "Cuban Cigar Store", 16x20, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
       
     
Brecha Generacional, 40 x 30 inches, Oil
       
     
Brecha Generacional, 40 x 30 inches, Oil

Mike Rooney, American

Dedicated to fulltime plein air painting, Rooney chooses the outdoors to a comfortable studio. Bugs, bystanders and bad weather are just a few of the inconveniences he endures to capture the colors and nuances of nature and shifting light. His paintings although observed from life, are pared down to colorful recognizable blurs, documenting his sensualist encounter with his surroundings.  He has painted all his life.

Inspiration comes from The Cape Cod School of Art, the first outdoor school of figure painting in America founded in Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1898.  It emphasized using color to describe the form, as well as to capture time and place.

Rooney’s subject matter varies, but the theme is capturing what he loves the most, water, boats, and the beach. He paints the Eastern seaboard from Cape Cod to Key West, finding small coastal towns to paint in all along the way.

A very flexible schedule is key with plein aire painters. “I want to have the ability to determine my own course in life and to paint the world, as I see it, every single day” says Rooney. “I don’t like to be locked into a routine that keeps me too busy to paint.” He continues.

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.

These ebullient boats, houses, and seas seem to crave the great out of doors, as does this enthusiastic painter.

Malecon Sunset, 16 X 20 inches, OIl
       
     
Malecon Sunset, 16 X 20 inches, OIl
Tropical GLow, 16 x 20 inches, Oil
       
     
Tropical GLow, 16 x 20 inches, Oil
Christmas tree Island, 12 x 14, Oil
       
     
Christmas tree Island, 12 x 14, Oil
Primo Spot, 8 X 10 inches, OIL
       
     
Primo Spot, 8 X 10 inches, OIL
2015-02-12 18.10.17.jpg
       
     
Alone in The Street, Havana.jpg
       
     
CarolineStAfternoon18x24.JPG
       
     
catholic lane 0314c 8x10.jpg
       
     
Jose's Cantina.jpg
       
     
Key West Alley.JPG
       
     
Sm 2016.jpg
       
     
Mike Rooney's "Old Town Lane", 16 X 20, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
       
     
Mike Rooney's "Old Town Lane", 16 X 20, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
Mike Rooney's "Punto Brilliante", 30X40, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
       
     
Mike Rooney's "Punto Brilliante", 30X40, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
Mike Rooney's "One Fine Day", 20x16, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
       
     
Mike Rooney's "One Fine Day", 20x16, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
Mike Rooney's "Safe Harbor" 18x24, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
       
     
Mike Rooney's "Safe Harbor" 18x24, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
Mike Rooney's "Dreaming in Red", 30x40 Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
       
     
Mike Rooney's "Dreaming in Red", 30x40 Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
Mike Rooney's "Cuban Cigar Store", 16x20, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene
       
     
Mike Rooney's "Cuban Cigar Store", 16x20, Oil on Canvas at the Gallery on Greene