Portrait

Seamus Berkeley has been creating paintings, photographs and prints in a variety of genres for decades. Dublin-born, Berkeley lives in Taos, New Mexico and travels extensively for inspiration for his paintings and photographic images.His paintings and images are extensively collected, both nationally and internationally, most of which is commissioned fine art paintings. He uses oils as his primary painting medium, focusing on a variety of subjects in a representational impressionistic style and digital camera and phone for his exploration of the natural world.

What motivates him to create artwork is that serve as reminders to the viewer of our existence in and as part of nature. The primary goal is to make artwork that reflects his personal experience of memorable moments of being alive. Artwork has the potential to evoke a similar memorable experience for the viewer.

Berkeley’s work is not only an expression of himself, but it is his own personal contribution to visually recorded history. He has won several regional and national awards for his artwork, including Best Portrait at the Oil Painters of America show in 2000. He is the founder and past-president of the Taos Society of Portrait Artists and a member of the Oil Painters of America. Berkeley’s work has been featured in such publications as Southwest Art, Information Warehouse, The Taos News, Art-Talk and The Trail-Gazette. His influences include esteemed artists Charles Cross, Nancy Guzik, Quang Ho, David Lefel, Ron Sherr, Richard Schmid and Teresa Vito. Additionally, he has traveled around the globe to study first-hand the works of master painters.

“The beauty of art is not only in the completed work but in its process. The creative process in art is a movement the external world is seen from the artist’s perspective and is then returned to the external world through the chosen media. The result of this reflective process is a work of art to be shared by others”
~ Seamus Berkeley

Why Do I Create Artwork?
Beauty:
For me, beauty is a delightful inner experience, not outside of oneself. Each of us has the potential to be in that space and we make the choice to be there or not. Painting is about the active engagement of placing oneself in the state of being that sees things in a beautiful way. The outcome expressed on canvas may lead the observer to wonder what the artist was experiencing while creating the painting. A good painting stimulates and encourages the viewer to enter into this mode of seeing beauty.

Discovery:
Literally, not covering. The act of not covering reveals to us a sense of beauty that we normally cover in our day-to-day activities. Painting can be used as a means of discovery that exposes an incredible alternative view of the world. Approached in this way, painting clears the mind to see the beauty that is already there.

Serenity:
Serenity is a state of being that is unaffected by disturbance. It is calm, unclouded, clear. In order to paint well, it is necessary to look intently. By doing so, our preconceived ideas of what we are seeing are left behind and the mind is quieted. We discover beauty serenity unfolds.

Portrait secrets: The ABCs of creating a life-like portrait

Portrait of a Young Woman, oil on canvas

March 28-30, 2014

This workshop will cover the basics of portrait painting. Instruction will be with a model, the best way to paint a portrait!

It’s time to get past the rush to get paint on the canvas. There is more to painting the likeness of a person than just getting the technical details exactly correct. Setting up the model means getting that person in their comfort zone allowing their expression to capture their essence.

This workshop will focus on how to see the person and translate that seeing onto the canvas in front of you.

Portraits are more than just painting the face correctly. A well planned portrait includes the environment of the sitter as it relates to the person’s character.

This workshop is useful for both beginning and intermediate painters. Some painting experience necessary. Group and individual instruction provided, with demonstrations throughout; emphasis on oil painting, all media welcome.

Instructor: Seamus Berkeley as an international award winning painter and portrait specialist with studios in Berkeley, CA and Taos, NM.

Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

Convenient bicycle friendly Berkeley location, bus stops within 2 blocks and available street parking.

Please register online now—class is limited to 12 students.

For more information, call 510.984.1850 or email.

“Seamus prioritizes his passion for painting and teaching in his life, and his commitment to making good art shows in his ability to convey complex concepts to his students of a variety of skill levels.” ~Workshop participant

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Where:
Sawtooth Building
Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA [map]
Dates:
March 28-30, 2014
Time:
Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Tuition:
$325 plus $35 modeling fee; ($295 plus $35 paid in full by March 10, 2014; Use code: EarlyBegin)
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Color mixing – A method out of madness

Seaing, oil on canvas

February 28—March 2, 2014

Do you feel frustrated figuring out how to mix the exact color you want, like you’re starting from scratch every time you paint? Do you want a simple and easy method for mixing the correct color consistently? Seamus will cover palette layout, use of grayscale, color mixing, exercises in creating color harmonies, working with contrasts and color temperature.

Learn how to keep yourself organized by setting up and using your palette efficiently. This simple technique will allow you more freedom in your painting process.

This workshop will focus on developing methods for finding and mixing the color you want every time you paint. We’ll be creating color charts and grey scales that will become a permanent record that you can use as your personal mixing reference for years! You will learn the steps necessary to complete your personalized charts during the weeks after the workshop. As this weekend will concentrate on practical methods, it will be beneficial to painters working in any genre.

Topics covered will include:

  • color mixing
  • color value
  • creating color charts

All media is welcome with the instruction given specifically for oil paints. Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

The workshop will include demonstration, as well as group and individual instruction.

This workshop is useful for both beginning and intermediate painters; some painting experience necessary.

Instructor: Seamus Berkeley as an international award-winning painter and portrait specialist with studios in Berkeley, CA and Taos, NM.

This full-time artist will teach you how to experience the magic that can happen with excellent instruction. You can expect animated teaching tailored to each student’s needs.

Please register online now—class is limited to 12 students.

Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

Convenient bicycle friendly Berkeley location, bus stops within 2 blocks and available street parking.

For more information, call 510.984.1850 or email.

“Seamus is a wonderful teacher, bringing excitement and encouragement to his classroom. I always come home with a new tidbit to make my paintings even better, even though I have been painting for several years. I recommend him as a teacher 100%.” ~ Shanna

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Where:
Sawtooth Building
Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA [map]
Dates:
February 28—March 2, 2014
Time:
Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Tuition:
$325; ($295 paid in full by January 31, 2014)
Use any card, PayPal optional

Painting for Everyone with Seamus Berkeley

Persimmon, oil on canvas

January 10-12, 2014

Did anyone ever tell you that you couldn’t paint? Do you still believe that? Would you like to let that go and learn now? Award-winning painter and skillful instructor Seamus Berkeley can help you work toward your artistic goals.

Seamus shares his in-depth knowledge of painting in a comfortable group setting and provides you critical individual attention, with strategic demonstrations throughout the class.

This particular workshop will focus on fundamentals of painting, including topics such as drawing, values, edges, and color, as well as tips and techniques for using various tools and materials. All media is welcome with instruction given specifically for oil paints. Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

Class open to all levels. Beginners can expect to gain confidence and understand how to use paints; intermediate students will refine their skills to enhance their paintings.

Instructor: Seamus Berkeley as an international award winning painter and portrait specialist with studios in Berkeley, CA and Taos, NM.

This full-time artist will teach you how to experience the magic that can happen with excellent instruction. You can expect animated teaching tailored to each student’s needs.

Please register online now—class is limited to 12 students.

Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

Convenient bicycle friendly Berkeley location, bus stops within 2 blocks and available street parking.

For more information, call 510.984.1850 or email.

“Seamus is a wonderful teacher, bringing excitement and encouragement to his classroom. I always come home with a new tidbit to make my paintings even better, even though I have been painting for several years. I recommend him as a teacher 100%.” ~ Shanna

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Where:
Sawtooth Building
Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA [map]
Dates:
January 10-12, 2014
Time:
Friday, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Tuition:
$325
Use any card, PayPal optional
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Learn to create hard, soft and lost edges that will bring your painting to life

Frieda's Front, 24" x 13", oil on canvas

November 15-17, 2013

Are you ready to enhance your paintings, and learn the skills needed to take your work to the next level? In this class, we will focus on advancing your ability to apply techniques in seeing, identifying, and controlling edges, allowing you to create more vivid and dynamic paintings. When applying paint to a canvas, the tangent space, or edge, between two colors can be characterized as soft, hard or lost, and this class will help you clarify when and how to zone in on these unique concepts, including how to:

  • Recognize the relationship of shapes within your painting.
  • Use brush strokes to create hard, soft, solid, broken and lost edges.
  • Manage a range of tools including brushes, painting knives and rags for maximum effect.
  • Mix paints effectively to achieve the appropriate texture.

First, we will investigate how to see these edges, then we will discuss ways to establish corresponding qualities in the work using a range of tools, including brushes, painting knives and rags.

Plenty of painting will happen in class, and Seamus’s passion for painting ensures every lesson is fun! It is an engaging opportunist to develop your expression and vision.

This series is useful for both beginning and intermediate painters; emphasis on oil paints, other media welcome. Some painting experience necessary. Please see materials list for suggested supplies – some easels are available.

Class limited to 12 students.

Seamus Berkeley is an international award-winning painter and portrait specialist with studios in Berkeley, CA and Taos, NM.

For more information, call 510.984.1850 or email.

“Seamus is a wonderful teacher, bringing excitement and encouragement to his classroom. I always come home with a new tidbit to make my paintings even better, even though I have been painting for several years. I recommend him as a teacher 100%.” ~ Shanna

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Where:
Sawtooth Building
Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
Berkeley, CA [map]
Dates:
November 15-17, 2013
Time:
Friday, 5:30pm – 4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm
Tuition:
$325; ($295 paid in full by October 15, 2013)
Use any card, PayPal optional