Artist Spotlight from Murphy Montgomery Fine Art Gallery

I was delighted to participate in this Artist Spotlight by the Murphy Montgomery Fine Art Gallery in Port Warwick, Newport News, Virginia.  They shared the following in their recent email newsletter:

Artist Spotlight
Gloria Coker

Gloria Coker Painting at the Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, Virginia

Many people ask how I paint my subjects –where do I get reference material etc. Although it would be far easier to have a photo to copy most of my work evolves from bits and pieces pulled together from a vast “morgue” of reference material that I have accumulated over the years. The majority of the photography is my own. Some music pieces are based on musicians of the past and are obviously culled from photos that have appeared in the media. But I am not a slave to any photos, and my work in its final versions bears very little resemblance to the material I use. I have the ability to draw well and fast-I honed those skills when I worked for 12 years as a newspaper artist illustrator ….

Read more about Gloria by visiting our website
and visit the gallery to see her latest paintings!

China Town Painting

“China Town” on display at Murphy Montgomery Fine Art Gallery


All that Jazz Band

“All That Jazz Band” on Display at the Murphy Montgomery Fine Art Gallery


Jersey Boys

“Jersey Boys” on Display at Murphy Montgomery Fine Art Gallery


Visit Murphy Montgomery Fine Art Gallery
4151 William Styron Square, Newport News, VA 23606 •
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 11:00 – 5:00PM
Friday & Saturday 11:00 – 6:00PM
Sunday Noon – 5:00PM

My Paintings in Promotion Video

One of the sponsors for the Nansemond-Suffolk Art Show put together a promotion video.  My paintings have a cameo appearance in the video, but I’m glad to have been included.  The art show continues through February 2, 2014.  It’s a big fundraiser for the school, but is also a local art event with 150 different artists.

Gloria Coker Featured in Local Magazine

Exciting News to Share!  Gloria is featured in the Peninsula Guest Speakers Magazine for May 2012.  Check out the terrific article about her on page 16.  Come back and let us know your response to the article.

Featured in Peninsula Speaker Magazine


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