Neil was widely known for his vibrant impressionist oils. Sadly his career came to an end in 2006, the year of his demise. Neil’s formal education began at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada. He continued his studies at Chouinard Art Institute and Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He taught at both schools and held an associate of professorship with the University of California at Long Beach and Northridge.
Before turning to fine art he was a successful commercial illustrator, having done work for many major publications and corporations such as The Ford Motor Company, Rand Corporation, Reader’s Digest and Cosmopolitan. Awards were bestowed upon him by the Society of Illustrators in New York, Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Art Directors Club. The award from the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles was a Life Achievement Award, of which there are only six living recipients. Four of his works were chosen by the U.S. Postal Service for the commemorative Bicentennial stamp series “Contributors to the Cause”, and over forty of his works have been chosen for the U.S. Air Force historical exhibits in the Smithsonian and the Pentagon and in their traveling shows.
Neil was a Signature Member of the Northwest Rendezvous Group, a Master Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and a past Signature Member of the California Art Club. He was also a Senior Signature Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and a Lifetime Member of Tucson’s infamous Mountain Oyster Club. Plus, he has been the subject of numerous magazine articles. Through all this he remained the humble lad his mom intended him to be.