THE WORK


Connessione: A Portrait of Michael Shane Neal

Inspired by a moving presentation on John Singer Sargent delivered at the Portrait Society of America’s annual conference (Philadelphia, 2008), the Artist states, “I found myself focusing not only on the words delivered by the orator – acclaimed artist Michael Shane Neal - but also on the sight of glowing  images, shadows, and silhouettes. I feverishly scribbled scores of written and visual notes: seersucker suit, bowtie, two-toned leather shoes – not commonplace in twenty-first century America but rather befitting Sargent’s time – all adding to the drama and unique character of the image before me. Fortunately, for this writer and artist, Mr. Neal’s tireless passion and contagious enthusiasm for the subject and his charming lack of regard for the limits of the prescribed schedule allowed me sufficient time to produce the necessary sketches from life. Completed later in my studio, the result is, I believe, both a tribute to John S. Sargent and to the greatest “singer” of his praises – Michael Shane Neal.”

Exhibitions

Focus on the Figure, Krasl Art Center

Inspiring Figures: A Celebration of Women Figurative Artists, Butler Institute of American Art

Here’s Looking at You: Portraits by Ohio Artists, Riffe Gallery, Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, 2011

Leslie Adams, Drawn from Life, Toledo Museum of Art, 2012

Awards

Semi-finalist, Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2009

Third Award, Portrait Society of America, The Cecelia Beaux Forum, Butler Institute of American Art

First Place: Drawing Category, International 2010-2011 Salon Exhibition, Art Renewal Center, 2011