Sunday, May 21, 2017

3 Artists of Taos: Open Studio Memorial Day Weekend

Open studio May 27-29, 2017
This is the first open studio since my return to Taos, New Mexico last year. Donna Clair, Doug Yeager and I have put together a set of new paintings, prints and photographs for this event, which will be... Read more

Monday, May 08, 2017

Reflections on the Recent Past

It has been some time since publishing my last blog post. Many significant events have transpired in my life over the past few years, which have impacted the frequency of these posts and my artwork. 
As you may know, for the past several years, I’ve been very involved with the care of my aging mother who had returned from Ireland in early 2010 to live close to me in the Bay Area of California. In late 2015, my mom and I moved back to Taos to live in my house there. While we expected... Read more

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Soon to be released: Giclée prints of popular paintings

Moher, Ireland, giclée fine art print
Soon to be released, a series of fine art prints of some of the most popular paintings, like this one from the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.

Jack Leustig Imaging, in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico, will be publishing giclée prints in various


Monday, August 08, 2016

‘Poetry and Painting’ An Art Event at the Taos Studio

Full Moon over Mountain, Taos
9" x 4", oil on canvas
Another fun collaborative event to art and poetry at the Taos studio featuring the featuring the poems of poet Sara Berkeley Tolchin and paintings of Seamus Berkeley.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Apple on White, 5" x 4", oil on canvas
Lately, I've been posting the latest news directly on my website. You can read more about this painting and others on those pages.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The Latest Portrait for Family House

Derrek and Josephine, 18" x 40", oil on canvas
Just added this latest portrait for Family House onto my website. The other portraits in the series can be seen...


Sunday, April 06, 2014

Painting Retreat in Taos, NM

Meditation, oil on canvas, 36" x 24"

April 21-25, 2014

“I want to know one thing. What is color?” Picasso

Looking for a way to see the world anew? Come to this contemplative painting retreat at my studio in Taos, New Mexico, where you will explore ways to unlock joy and wonder of our visual surroundings. Through visual exercises and meditation practices, you will be able to increase joy and awe of the world and express yourself on canvas.

Read more and register...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Preview of Beginning Portrait Painting Workshop

Robyn (Quick Study), oil on canvas, Seamus Berkeley

An example of the kind of work we'll be exploring at a weekend workshop, March 28-30, 2014, at Berkeley Fine Art Studio. Still a few spaces left and you can register online at Painting Workshop: Beginning Portraiture.

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Seamus Berkeley: Portraits of Family House: Portrait of Karen

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Seamus Berkeley: Spring 2013 Classes at Berkeley Fine Art Studio — Composition

Class starts Saturday, April 20, 2013 and is almost full. Composition is the ultimate in creativity and we will be having a lot of fun exploring this topic.

Sign up online at:

Seamus Berkeley: Spring 2013 Classes at Berkeley Fine Art Studio — Composition

Friday, February 15, 2013

Seamus Berkeley: Mendocino Art Center Workshop: Seeing the Dark!

A few more spaces left in this March weekend painting workshop. We'll be enjoying art and the beauty of the area.

Read more and register online: Seamus Berkeley: Mendocino Art Center Workshop: Seeing the Dark!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Seamus Berkeley: Oil Painting Classes Spring 2013: Exploring Paint Application

Seaing, oil on canvas, Seamus Berkeley
Just posted details and registration page for the upcoming oil painting classes at my studio in San Francisco Bay Area. Read more:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Portraits for a Purpose

Here's the latest art project I'm leading. I would appreciate your help in making it a reality.

The Portraits of Family House project is a series of portraits of the courageous people involved with Family House. This non profit organization provides free housing for the families of children being treated at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. Over the next two years, fine art portrait painter Seamus Berkeley will create 24 oil portraits of the people connected to Family House: the families, children, care givers, organizers, and health care professionals. The portraits will create a visual legacy of the faces and spirit of the people who transform Family House into a family's temporary home. Berkeley will gift the final collection of portraits to Family House that will benefit their mission and enhance the walls of the new Family House home.

Follow this link to read more and be a part of creating art to benefit the mission of Family House.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Seamus Berkeley: Portrait Workshop at the Mendocino Art Center

Seamus Berkeley: Portrait Workshop at the Mendocino Art Center

In this five day workshop we will be practicing seeing the uniqueness of the sitter and exploring the practical methods and techniques involved in conveying our seeing onto the canvas.
The workshop will include demonstration, as well as group and individual instruction.
Visit the FAQ for a list of suggested materials.
For more information and to register, visit Mendocino Art Center or call 707.937.5818 or 800.653.3328.
Monday–Friday, July 16-20, 2012
9:30 am–4:30 pm
Mendocino Art Center Workshops

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

"Collect Me" and see my art in Times Square!

"Collect Me" will be public soon — please collect and share!

Seamus Berkeley

Sunday, March 04, 2012

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I've been invited by Dr. Elias J. Michael of Union Street Dermatology to exhibit my paintings at the inaugural 'Art on Union Street' show.
Here are the quick details:
Thursday, March 22, 2012
5:30 to 8:30 PM
Union Street Dermatology
1601 Union Street, SF CA 94123 [map]

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Saturday Art Sessions in February

The studio art sessions started in January 2012 are off to a great start with a full class of great students. We'll be continuing the art sessions in February. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up now. If you would like your name to be placed on a waiting list, please send an email to Classes at Berkeley Fine Art Studio.

Register here...

Here's the class description:

People have expressed a genuine need to connect with something other than their everyday routine of work and deadlines. Art can be just such an antidote for clearing space in the mind and re-orienting with the world again.

Using themed exercises each month, we will explore re-awakening direct visual experience as well as techniques for expressing the seen world on a two-dimensional surface.

  • Every Saturday from 10am to 1pm.
  • Sign-up for one month at a time.
  • Each month themed on a particular aspect of painting and drawing.
  • First month will be to work with charcoal and explore seeing lights and darks and expressing them in there simplest shapes.
  • Main intention is to increase awareness of seeing, that is, learning to see more attentively and practicing seeing deeply as a way to be more present and grounded in the moment.
  • Month of February is four Saturdays, $80 total for the month.
  • Sessions will include some instruction and demonstration. Much of the work will be focused on your work, while recognizing the internal dialogue taking place.

  • Where: Berkeley Fine Art Studio, 933 Parker Street, Berkeley CA 9410, between 8th and 9th Streets [Map]
  • When: Saturdays, 10am to 1pm
  • Cost: $80 for four Saturdays-materials not included.
  • Materials: In January, charcoal, drawing pad, kneaded eraser, soft cloth or chamois
  • Class size: Limited to 12 students

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Portrait Workshop at the Mendocino Art Center

Berkeley Study, oil on canvas
This two day workshop will be covering the basics of portrait painting. Instruction will be with a model, the best way to paint a portrait!

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

Visit the FAQ for a list of suggested materials.

For more information and to register, visit Mendocino Art Center or call 707.937.5818 or 800.653.3328.

Saturday and Sunday, April 28 & 29, 2012
9:00am to 4:30pm

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

One Day Composition Workshop

Saturday, July 30, 2011 from 9am to 4:30pm.

Learn how to see and learn how to get that scene onto your canvas in this one day workshop!

Exploring concepts of composition is perhaps the single most important aspect in creating a work of art that is expressive of your unique view of the world. Approaches to seeing and deciding interesting compositions are the focus of this one day workshop, as well as learning how to see and how to get that scene onto your canvas.

This workshop will be held at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. Register here...

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Painting and Drawing Workshop in Ireland

I'll be at Anam Cara on the west coast of Ireland again this year giving a workshop on drawing and painting, emphasizing the importance of seeing before beginning your work. We'll be exploring ways to enhance your creativity and improve your drawing and painting skills.

For more information on the workshop, please visit the Anam Cara website.

Here is the summary of dates and location:

Saturday, 11 June 2011 to Saturday, 18 June 2011
Eyeries, County Cork, Ireland [map]
+353 (0)27 74441

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I’ll be open for another art dialogue Friday, December 10 from 6 to 8 pm. It turned out that the art dialogue at the last opening was an exciting opportunity. People who came in the door wondering if they had to wait to ask their questions! Of course, I was delighted by this, as talking about art happens to be one of my passions.
So please come and bring more questions!
I’ll also have be sharing details on upcoming workshops in 2011. This summer I’ll be leading a few painting sessions in Europe. The first one offered is a figurative landscape course June 1 through 7 at a spectacular location: Le Petit Rousset in southern France read details...
In addition, I’ll be showing a new series of prints and notecards available for purchase.
If you’re in the area this Friday, please come to the studio in Berkeley. Here are the details for the event:
Friday, December 10th, 2010
6:00 pm — 8:00 pm, Conversation at 7:00pm
Berkeley Fine Art Studio
Studio 40
933 Parker Street, Berkeley CA 94710 [map]


Figurative Landscape Painting Workshop in France

I'm leading a painting workshop in France June 1 to 7, 2011. This will be a fun and enjoyable learning experience at a fabulous southwest country resort in the Dordogne. We'll be concentrating on tbe figure in a landscape setting in the environs of Le Petit Rousset. We’ll be painting every day while taking time to explore the spectacular surroundings in the southwest of France.
This workshop is being offered through Le Petit Rousset, an the international affiliate of San Francisco Arts & Humanities Seminars. For details about the workshop, please contact the director, Beverly Held, by phone at 415.933.9799, or by email at

Download the brochure and application form here: Figurative Landscape Painting.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Frida's Front — New Painting for a Frida Kahlo Show in Taos

Frida's Front, Oil on canvas

Earlier this year, Andrea Watson invited me to participate in a group show in Taos, New Mexico. The show is centered on anything Frida Kahlo. Instead of recreating standard images, this show has aims to illuminate tiny details related to her life. For this show, I chose to paint a detail of the Frida Kahlo Museum facace in Coyoacán, Mexico. Orange, blue, green, yellow — lots of color! Fun!
I titled this one Frida's Front.
The show opens this Friday at the J Fine Art Gallery in Taos. Here are the details:
Friday & Saturday, October 29 & 30, 2010
6:00 pm — 9:00 pm
J Fine Art Gallery
221 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte
Taos, New Mexico 87571

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Exhibition of New Paintings: Looking Up

I've been working on a number of projects since returning to Berkeley after my extended trip to Ireland. One of them is a series of new paintings for a show on a theme of Looking Up. These pieces are a reflection on what is there when I look up.

Please join me for this engaging exhibition of the
Looking Up show October 9, 2010 from 5 to 7 pm, with a conversation with the artist at 6pm.

Saturday, October 9 2010
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Artist talk at 6:00pm
Berkeley Fine Art Studio
Studio 40, 933 Parker Street
Berkeley, California 94710 [map]
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

New Show: 'Plenty Hidden"

In another collaborative show between writer Amy Moon and painter Seamus Berkeley, the artists individually explore hidden aspects of a phenomenon: self-storage. When something — like self-storage — becomes a ubiquitous part of our lives and our landscapes, we often don’t see it. By taking a closer look, the artists explore what our relationship to our things says about us and how that affects our environment.
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Show Opening
Berkeley Fine Art Studio, 933 Parker Street, Berkeley CA 94710
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
6:00 to 8:00 pm
More Info:
Berkeley Fine Art Studio

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

June 2, 2009: Passages show opening of new work and conversation with the artist

Seamus Berkeley Fine Art PaintingA New Series of Paintings

I would like to invite you to a show of new work and old studies at my studio in Berkeley on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 7pm.

I'm calling the show Passages to reflect the new work as well as mark a new direction for my paintings. I've written more about this on my blog Read more...

I hope you can make it - this is going to be fun!

Show details:
933 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
7:00 to 9:00 pm
More Info:
Berkeley Fine Art Studio

Bring a friend!

Best regards,


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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

JAM - The Stimulus Package

An invitation to a special event in Taos, NM on April 30, 2009. Here’s The Full Invitation


Thursday, January 01, 2009

January 1, 2009: New Year, New Light and Video

I always think it a good idea to start day one of a new year with something that represents the plan for the whole year. This year my plan is for more light, more art and more videos! Watch a short video of my painting on the left appear like magic in this film shot from start to finish while completing Point Reyes Light. Best wishes for the New Year, Seamus

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