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!
Loving work or not, it is a bit of a race with an endless finish line. As with any product, (which if you sell it-art is a product), making art that is sellable is important. In many cases, it drives your creativity. Yes, this is where some feel that business interrupts creative purity. I would somewhat agree, but not to the point of wanting to starve myself.
I love creativity. I really mean that. It runs in my veins like an unbridled horse, wild and free. When I was very young a pencil or a crayon was just as much fun as toys tapping into a boy’s youthful imagination as any to be found. As I grew I used them and words to therapeutically help as best they could with my parents' divorce.
I can remember as a young boy growing up in the 50s and 60s, my brother and I being schooled by my very artful mother with her lessons on decorating our Christmas tree. She was dutifully precise in her approach. Nothing about decorating was to be done willy-nilly, or at break-neck speed.
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