Thomas Neel Biography
With an art career spanning three decades and some 50 one man shows to his credit, Virginia artist Tom Neel, has much to look back on and forward to. Self taught, his work is a part of notable personal collections, such as golf legend Jack Nicklaus, John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted, ABC News on air consultant Richard Clark and celebrated Chef, Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington.
For those who might visit The Inn at Little Washington, Tom has done many creative projects with Chef Patrick O’Connell over the years. Along with decorative work in several of the suites, hand painted room numbers on the doors, and such, the parting miniature treat box given at dinner was painted by Tom
His corporate clients include Lockheed Martin, Ferrari of Washington, The Inn At Little Washington, Wolf Trap, Salamander Resorts, Van Metre Homes, Winchester Medical Center and he is the artist-in-residence of Creighton Farms Luxury Golf Community. His paintings are in collections both here and abroad and it is rare for a collector to own only one of his paintings.
“If there’s one thing I believe in, it’s artistic growth”, says Tom. After nearly 30 years of of his work being collected, Tom tries to continually challenge himself to new perspectives, even within his passion of landscape painting. “I believe that landscape painters are in one sense, record keepers, as what we paint today will reflect life looking back from the future. But I want my paintings to reflect intimacy and the sense of place I feel for Virginia and even more so, a sense of peacefulness for my collectors.”
Tom goes on to share, “40% of what I paint though, is by way of commission and it’s been my honor to paint for others, often who are celebrating very special occasions in their lives.” While many of these paintings can be landscapes, many are of a much wider range of subject matter, such as aircraft, collector cars, boats, animals, favorite golf holes, even a Wells Fargo stagecoach.
Tom is also a published writer, author, consultant, public speaker and photographer. He was the lead judge for The Congressional Art Show for 10 years, currently is lead judgefor the Loudoun Country Public Schools Art Show and is a current judge for The Hylton Center Performing Arts Juried Exhibition. Tom serves on the board of directors for the non profit organizations A Place To Be and the Loudoun Education Foundation. He lives with his with Linda (also an artist) and two cats, on their property near Marshall.