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To live an artful life is to immerse yourself in something other than the mundane and enjoy life to its fullest through a world of visionary exploration.

Thomas Neel
Live An Artful Life®

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CELEBRATING THE CREATIVE SPIRIT!

Thomas “Tom” Neel has been a successful fine artist and writer for over 30 years. Primarily known for his commissioned and private collection paintings of Virginia's Piedmont, his inspirational book “Live An Artful Life” shares his depth of experience with creativity in a motivational way.

As a writer, Tom has also authored two limited release books, and a popular, decade long newspaper column titled “The Artist's Perspective." He writes a weekly blog found here, and articles for his company Live An Artful Life®. Tom is also an active contributing writer and photographer for the Porsche Club of America. With nearly 80,000 members, it is the largest single-marque car club in the world.

As a public speaker and creative consultant, Tom has an informative range of topics and a broad-based background ranging from vision assistance, management, entrepreneurism, and of course, he’s loaded with ideas!


Latest Posts from Tom's Blog

When Your Creative Skill Comes in Handy

When Your Creative Skill Comes in Handy

| Thomas Neel
It finally happened, the need for homemade masks! My, my, it’s a brave new world. But here we are, looking like a couple of bank robbers! Still, it seemed the right thing to do for the short term and it allowed Linda to put her sewing talent to good use.
Sourcing a Source of Inspiration

Sourcing a Source of Inspiration

| Thomas Neel
I was going through my thousands of cataloged reference photos I have on hand. To be honest, I was looking for a few things and purging a bit while doing so. But then I found myself immersed in my own light I had captured through years of photography.
Oh Brother . . . and Sister-in-Law

Oh Brother . . . and Sister-in-Law

| Thomas Neel
My brother Dave picked a great time to retire. At the end of 2019, he said bye, bye to a 45-year career in trade of staying home, relaxing and then this!!!!!!!! Oh brother, is his timing interesting.
Hopefully Your Artfulness is Coming in Handy

Hopefully Your Artfulness is Coming in Handy

| Thomas Neel
For those of you who kindly read my blog posts, I want you to know that I will not enjoy getting off to a start on this one and you know why.
Practice Is The Only Way To Accomplish Your Creative Goal

Practice Is The Only Way To Accomplish Your Creative Goal

| Thomas Neel
As much as I’ve written about creativity, I think I’ve likely written less about this topic than I should have. Practice is that love-hate relationship we have with any skill we plan on tackling.
Studio Life Part 2

Studio Life Part 2

| Thomas Neel

As I was saying last week. Trying to count back through my studio spaces since my career began, I count to now six including “our” latest one. Of them all, only one was actually purpose-built to be my studio.

Studio Life Part 1

Studio Life Part 1

| Thomas Neel
As luck would have it, in my thirty-plus years of being an artist, acting as an artist liaison for the fine art publisher, The Greenwich Workshop, as a gallery owner, and doing the many stories I’ve done on artists for Live An Artful Life and my newspaper column - The Artist’s Perspective, I have had the great pleasure to have visited hundreds of artist’s studio across the country and even some in Europe.
Strum Away

Strum Away

| Thomas Neel
For those of you who read along on a regular basis, I greatly appreciate it. Over the years you’ve heard me endlessly talk about Live An Artful Life and usually through my escapades as a working artist and writer. This time will be a little different.
Redefining Creative Success

Redefining Creative Success

| Thomas Neel
I have been thinking about the reality of things. Having written positive messages to creative types for so long, I have also had to come to grips with something.

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