Archive for the ‘Artwork’ category

New “Side By Side” Show Open Through November 6th

September 21, 2013

“Side By Side – New Works” Art photos by Bill Oakey with oil interpretations by Debbi Smith Rourke

Old Bakery and Emporium, 1006 Congress Ave. in downtown Austin

Street parking available

Exhibit on view thru Nov. 6th, open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Also open Saturday & Sunday Oct. 26th – 27th, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM during the Texas Book Festival

Both artists’ works for sale in the downstairs gift shop and in the upstairs gallery


Other samples of my work:

Twilight 2_B
“Port Aransas Twilight II”

Autumn Gold_B
“Autumn Gold”



“Side By Side” Art Book and Video

February 21, 2011

I am pleased to introduce my first softcover art book, in collaboration with my good friend, Debbi Smith Rourke.  “Side By Side” is a collection of my photographic artwork, presented along with fabulous oil and pastel renderings of those photos painted by Debbi.  These images are collected from my travels to Canada, Alaska, and other locations, as well as here at home in Austin and the Texas coast.

To commemorate the launch of this book, Maria and Roy Gatling with the website,, have posted a video interview of Debbi and me.  You can view the video here:

Or, you can watch it here from YouTube:

If you would like to purchase the book, priced at $30.00, please contact me at

Art and Splendor in Dallas

April 15, 2010

On Saturday April 10th, I went on a fabulous art field trip, the Dallas Art Trek, sponsored by the Austin Museum of Art.  This event was a photographer’s dream, as we were invited to tour three private homes of prominent art collectors.  We visited the estates of Nona & Richard Barrett, Jennifer & John Eagle, and Eric & Debbie Green.

My First Art Award

January 16, 2010

Since I am new to blogging and Facebook, I’d like to let everyone know about the award that I won in the fall.  At the Austin-Lima, Peru “Art Across the Americas” show, I won the People’s Choice Award.  It was a nice surprise!  Here is the piece that won.

"Cactus Flower" 12 X 12 On Canvas, Gallery Wrapped, $225

How “Thistles” Came About

January 16, 2010

Thanks to my friends who complimented me on this art piece.  I just entered it into the competition for the “For the Love of Art” show at Austin Art Space Gallery.  I had the subject in mind when I took the shot, but I did not know until much later just how I would approach the composition.

Here’s the original next to the final piece.   Notice the effect of the background in the final piece.  I had no idea of its eventual impact when I first took the photo.


From a Mission in Ventura

January 15, 2010

I haven’t been to Ventura in over a year, but here is another piece that Debbi helped me rediscover.  It was a larger scene, but these thistle-like plants are what caught my eye, so I cropped in on them.


Rediscovering Ventura Harbor

January 15, 2010

Earlier this week, Debbi Smith Rourke, my artist friend came over so we could begin to plan our next big challenge.  We are working on a collaboration, so I will just leave you with that hint for now.  (See the link to Debbi’s blog in the lower right column).

So, while we were working together, she helped me rediscover some things in my photo library.  This is one we’re both kind of excited about.  It hasn’t been printed yet, but I definitely plan to display it in an upcoming show.

“Ventura Harbor”