Don McNeil - an emotional painter of Scottish scenes

Ettrick Bay - Isle of Bute - Acrylic - 60 x 60 cms
Kintra, Islay - Acrylic - 60 x 60 cms
Scalpsie - Isle of Bute - Acrylic - 60 x 60 cms
Squally Shower - Calgary Bay - Mull - Acrylic - 60 x 60 cms
Synchronicity No 2 - Mixed - 1metre square


Don McNeil

I was lucky to learn from established artists including David Donaldson, the late Sinclair Thomson, William Armour, Geoff Squires and up and coming artists like Duncan Shanks and George Devlin. They were all inspirational, and not only in the most obvious ways. I recall beig set a still life by Willie Armour, Head of drawing and Painting. He took the morning class, and the afternoon we were taught by who had just graduated and was working as a visiting tutor.
I like to show the presence of the paint on the surface - warts and all ! I work quickly on the spot catching the essence and the moment. I am not making a topographical copy - the digital camera, Photoshop, and the wonders of giclee print can be used to do that in their cold, soulless and repetitive way. the physical reality of the painting is a living thing.

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Recent Exhibitions

Lennox Gallery - London
Karen Taylor Contemporary Art Gallery - London
Images Gallery - Oxford
Border Gallery - Kelso
Aldessan Gallery - Campsie Glen
Tighnabruaich Gallery
On-line Gallery - through AXIS - 'Therapeutic Art' - one of 9 artists picked by Michael Rose CBE to represent his choice for the above theme.
Permanent Collection - Royal Hotel, Tighnabruaich

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I moved to Newton with my partner and now wife, Jean Bell, also a painter. For the last ten years we have run Fyne Studios, the Hidden Gallery,as we call it - set in the idyllic small village on the shores of Loch Fyne. We also hold weekly classes. These are immensely rewarding; our style of teaching is appreciated, and understood. One of our students is Michael Russell. In a recent article for then Times Educational Supplement , he described his experience that "slowly, and without realising .... I was being taught and noting that, "for Don and Jean, art is a passion they wish to share"....

Image 5: Synchronicity No 2 - mixed - this is one of my Synchronicity series and was short listed in 2011 for a world wide art competition - 1metre square.

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