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Thomas Neel Fine Art

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The Piedmont region of Virginia is one of great beauty and one of the most acclaimed artists preserving the region through his works of art, is “Tom” Neel. For nearly 30 years this self taught artist has created and sold his paintings, becoming one of the area’s most collected artists. His work can be found in private and corporate collections extensively here, nationally and throughout Europe. It is rare for a collector to have just one of his paintings and nearly half of the paintings Neel creates are done as commissioned works of art.

Private collectors and corporate clients such as, Creighton Farms - where he is Artist in Residence, The Inn At Little Washington - where he is completing their 40th Anniversary commemorative painting, Salamander Resorts, Lockheed Martin, VanMetre Homes, WolfTrap Park, Winchester Medical Center, Ferrari-Maserati-Lamborghini of Washington, Southworth Development, The Hill School, Focus Wealth Management and The Middleburg Eccentric, are just part of a growing list who have trusted Neel for commissions and creative services.

Born in Washington, D.C., raised in Maryland not so far from the family farm in Neelsville, Tom migrated to Virginia in the late 1980s where he would meet his wife to be Linda, and he too would begin a lifetime of gallery ownership and managment. While Tom Neel does paint other places and other things, mostly in oil, some in acrylic, Virginia is home and his rich oil paintings show his emotion and passion for this area. Tom is not one to do the same thing over and over again. To see a body of his work is to truly see wide artistic diversity, vision and he hopes, artistic growth. Be it an intimate look at Spring, the intensity of a humid summer day, low morning fog across a meadow, or the most dramatic sunsets and varied blues the Blue Ridge Mountains give us. This is where he brings the viewer’s senses. He wants to do more than just have you see what he sees. Rather, he strives to give you an emotional connection to it.

Neel is not an award seeker, choosing to be defined by those who covet his art. Nick Arundel, founder of Great Meadow, co-founder of the Piedmont Environmental Council and Friends of the National Zoo has said, “He is one of the most important artists we have.” Patrick O’Connell, owner and chef of The inn At Little Washington, who has regularly commissioned Tom Neel for his creative services, said of the 30th anniversary painting Neel created for him, “It is the perfect visual image!” and of the recently completed 40th Anniversary artwork, “You’ve surpassed my wildest expectations!”, and Richard Clarke, on air counter-terrorism consultant for ABC news, simply said of his commissioned painting by Neel, “You nailed it!” The Salamander Resort and Spa’s visionary and owner, Sheila C. Johnson, commissioned Tom Neel to create a mural for the resort’s Gold Cup Wine Bar.  “Taste of the Piedmont” was the only artwork created on site.

Tom Neel is also the Artist in Residence for Creighton Farms Luxury Golf Community, exclusively providing original works of art throughout the main floor of the 30,000 sf clubhouse. Through this relationship Tom has worked directly with golf legend, Jack Nicklaus and his wife Barbara, raising over $40,000 for their foundation through his artwork. Neel, who has created and authored two books and is working on a third, also created and writes his monthly column - The Artist’s Perspective, for The Middleburg Eccentric newspaper and is the President of Live An Artful Life Inc, where he writes feature columns, weekly blog posts and is developing an artistic podcast. Tom is also a contributing writer for the Porsche Club of America.

With more than 40 one man shows to his credit, listed below are just a taste of his recent highlights.

2017 - Surpassed $40,000. in support for The Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, Completed The Inn at Little Washington’s 40th Anniversary painting.

2016 - One man show “Ashby’s Gap” with new short film premier. Creates The Inn at Little Washington’s holiday card commemorating their be awarded Michelin 2 stars. Completes painting for Nascar Champion and current Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch and his wife Ashley. Judge and keynote speaker for Great Falls Studio art show “There’s No Place Like Home” in Herndon, VA.

2015 - One man show “What a Wonderful World”. Judge and keynote speaker for Hylton Center’s 2nd Annual Juried Show.  Becomes contributing writer for Porsche Club of America

2014 - “Virginia Paintings” one man show at Creighton Farms. Creates Live An Artful Life Magazine with Linda.

2013 - "The Land Beneath My Feet" - Celebrating 25 Years of Fine art Sales - One man show with new book and film.

2013 - Polo painting for TV personality, John Walsh of America's Most Wanted. Mural for Salamander Resort & Spa’s Gold Cup Wine Bar. Commission by Lockheed Martin - F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II. "The Casual Collection" - one man exhibition of acrylic paintings at Middleburg Common Grounds

2012 - Co-signs "Hole 6" with golf legend, Jack Nicklaus

Personal art donations for charities include - The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, Piedmont Community Foundation, Piedmont Care, Loudoun Education Foundation, The Middleburg Community Center, Middleburg Humane Foundation, The Hill School, The Land Trust of Virginia, PEC, Leesburg Abused Women’s Shelter, American Cancer Society, Capital Care - Hospice, The Barns at Rose Hill, Project Hope, Aldie Mill, Notre Dame Academy, Wakefield School and the list goes on.