Born in North Staffordshire Neil was seen to have a natural talent for drawing at an early age. Recognising this, his father removed him from the local high school to Burslem School of Art, a school that had fostered many fine artists, and from there to Stoke Art College where he completed his diploma.
His early career was spent first with Wedgewood and then with Royal Doulton fine bone china companies where he was responsible for very many designs and Royal Commerative works.
During his time working in industry he became a member of the Society of Staffordshire Artists.
Now an independent full-time professional painter, Neil works in both oils and watercolour and likes to paint a variety of subjects where the light has a strong role in the composition and colour, texture and mood reflect his observations.
Subjects from allotment sheds to beautiful vistas of Venice, France and Spain have been within his compass. Earlier influences have included John Singer Sargent, Stanley Spencer and Sir William Russell-Flint and in particular the work of Andrew Wyeth whose RA Exhibition in 1980 inspired Neil to push his own boundaries and to continue to develop his work.
Born October 1952, Stoke on Trent
1967 - 1971 Stone on Trent College of Art
1972 - 1976 Wedgewood Design Studio
1976 - 2004 Royal Doultan Design Studio, Ceramic Designer / Illustrator
1982 - Present, Member of the Society of Staffordshire Artists
3004 - Present, Proffesional Artist
2015 Elected an Associate member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists
The Society of Staffordshire Artists
2010 - St Cuthberts Mill Watercolour Award, Royal Society of Marine Artists
1982 - Present - Society of Staffordshire Artists exhibitions in and around Staffordshire
1992 - Newcastle Under Lyne Museum and Art Gallery
2005 & 2006 - Oakham Galleries Ltd. St James' London
2010 - Present - Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries
2011 & 2014 - Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries
Neil likes to paint a variety of marine subjects and landscapes but does not unterake figure work. It is imperative for the artist to visit the location, but the bulk of his work is completed in the studio (using sketches and photographs made on the scene). Neil needs to feel a degree of creative freedom in any commissioned work and does not produce replicas of earlier pieces. The painting process itself takes roughly a week, excluding the preparatory and research period. While Neil uses oils and watercolours he will only accept commissions for watercolour paintings.
Royal Doulton & Wedgewood