Art that features People


Michael Keating

Painted for a friend.

Oil on canvas, 20″ x 16″


Thomas Jefferson.

Oil on canvas, 8″ x 10″


bernie painting

Conducting Electricity (Point Number One)

This is a portrait of Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for President of The United States. I thought he looked a little bit like a conductor, which is why I titled it the way I did.

Oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″



Giordano Bruno: Philosopher, Mystic, Hereti

After watching the first episode of the new Cosmos television series, I became interested in Giordano Bruno, who was featured in one of the animated segments of the show.

Bruno correctly surmised that the Sun was a star like other stars, and that these other stars probably had planets orbiting around them. He also believed in an infinite universe, as opposed to one bounded by a “celestial sphere.” Not everybody was happy that he believed these things.

He was tried for heresy by the Roman inquisition and burned at the stake in the year 1600.

I based my rendering of Bruno on the statue that stands today in Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori, where he was executed. The animation in Cosmos made use of design based on a woodcut by an artist by Camille Flammarion, which I liked very much. I took elements from that same woodcut to design a background for my own painting. I liked the contrast of the bright, cartoonish sun and landscape against the dark, neutral toned figure of Bruno. The background looks so positive compared to the deadly serious aspect of poor Bruno, doomed to die for his ideas.



President Obama

11″ x 14″ oil on canvas.

I wanted to try something new for me: to paint flesh without using any browns or earth colors at all. I used just blues and yellows and reds.

I’m mostly pleased with the results, and I learned a lot doing it.


marx brothers

The Marx Brothers in “At The Circus”

This is a scene from the famous Marx Brothers movie “At The Circus,” which isn’t really considered one of their best movies, but it does contain my favorite Groucho song, “Lydia, The Tattooed Lady.”

My painting is oil painted on an 18″ x 24″ canvas board.


redharired girl

Red Haired Pollster

16″ x 20″ oil on canvas.

This is a pollster from who goes by the name Nimfadora.

Painted with permission.


grandmother painting

My Grandmother When She Was Young

18″ x 24″ oil on canvas


Gabi with Purple Pattern

Gabi with Purple Pattern

This is a painting of a singer who performs with a rock band called Magnetic Coupling Transmission.

She asked me to paint her picture, so I did.

Little Five Points

Little Five Points

I painted this in 1998 or 1999 or so, back before they put up all those rails preventing people from sitting on the curbs.

This patched-together composition comes from a summer’s worth of photos.


The Restaurateurs
The Restaurateurs

These people used to run a local restaurant, and I painted this to hang on the wall there several years ago.


When The Music's Over

When The Music’s Over

I painted this for my sister many years ago.

She was always a fan of Jim Morrison and The Doors. I copied a black and white photo from one of their concerts and painted it with mostly red and blue paint.

The canvas is about 24″ x 36.”




Oil on stretched canvas, 24″ x 30″ and a real joy to paint.

I rarely break out the black, so I’m not in the habit of using it.


Northern Girl

Northern Girl

Painted from a photograph by the model’s sister, on 12″x16″ canvas board.




This is a black and white painting of a brilliant artist who has work that can be seen here:

5 responses to “Art that features People

  1. Phillip & Kim Jackson

    Hi Mr McCue. My husband the A&E technician was out to ur house about a couple of weeks ago and u gave him a sample card of Pres Obama that u created. I have a kiosk at the mall where I feature my books, as well as other authors, plus gift items, and I have ur artwork on showcase and people have been enquiring about it in a set. Is that at all possible, or singles please let me know and I would like to purchase some for resale. Thanks. u may reach me back at KJackson

  2. greetings, i live in seattle, i am amazed and intrigued by your Bernie Sanders piece. are you selling copies of this? if so, how much? beautiful all the way around. thank you,

    • No, I’m not selling copies or anything. I donated the original to the Sanders campaign office in New Hampshire, but I do have a higher resolution picture of it.

      I’ll e-mail that file to you so you can get it printed.

  3. Michael Keating

    Hey Buddy.! How in the hell are you doing,? Things down South are doing fine, at the moment. I was wondering if you could paint me a portrait of Ronnie Van Zandt with his black hat and some kind of Rebel Flag in the back ground.? I really miss you and the rest of the old bunch of us. I will send you the cash when you let me know if you have the time and are into it. Peace and Love dude.! Yadig

    • Hey, it’s good to hear from you.

      I hate to tell you no, but I got to say no. I don’t feel comfortable painting anything with a rebel flag in it. I hope you understand.

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