ARTIST  •  AUTHOR  •  COLUMNIST  •  CREATIVE CONSULTANT  •  PHOTOGRAPHER  •  POET  •  PUBLIC SPEAKER 

Thomas Neel Fine Art

Feature-About

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 25 years this self taught artist has created 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 in many other parts of the world. 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, The Inn At Little Washington, Salamander Resorts, Lockheed Martin, VanMetre Homes, WolfTrap Park, Winchester Medical Center, Ferrari 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 Linda. 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 and vision. 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.

To define a Tom Neel painting, is to first look at his use of color, a fresh palette that makes you feel alive and in tune with the light. Next, is his subject matter, for he is constantly looking at the diversity of his surroundings, as he knows it is the emotional connection that creates interest and his composition is what keeps you there.

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 commissioned Tom Neel for his creative services with great regularity, said of “Onward and Upward”, the 30th anniversary painting Neel created for him, “It is the perfect visual image!”, 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 created 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 worked directly with golf legend, Jack Nicklaus for charity. Neel also created and writes his monthly column - The Artist’s Perspective, for The Middleburg Eccentric newspaper. Tom Neel serves on the board of the Loudoun Education Foundation. 

With more than 40 one man shows to his credit and two already schedule for 2014, listed below are just a taste of his recent highlights.

  • 2013 "The Land Beneath My Feet" - Celebrating 25 Years of Fine art Sales - One man show with new book and film.
  • 2013 "The Casual Collection" - one man exhibition of acrylic paintings at Middleburg Common Grounds
  • 2013 Mural for Salamander Resort & Spa’s Gold Cup Wine Bar
  • 2013 Polo painting for TV personality, John Walsh of America's Most Wanted
  • 2013 Commission by Lockheed Martin - F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II
  • 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.