SKB Artist Rendezvous & Workshop, Dubois, WY
Headwaters Arts & Conference Center
Sep 13-18, 2020

Michael Shane Neal

Instructor – Oil


What I’ll be teaching? I’m looking forward to a fun week in Wyoming! I am an artist that paints portraits. Although portraiture has been the focus of my work for most of my career, I also enjoy painting other subject matter as well. During my time with you this week, I plan to demonstrate and share with you my approach to painting portraits. I will also spend some time outdoors painting plein air.

About the Artist

Since beginning a full time career as an artist at the age of 21, Michael Shane Neal has completed more than 500 commissioned portraits on display around the world. His portraits include Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Secretary of Interior Dirk Kempthorne, former President George H.W. Bush, 9th Baronet and Laird of Luss, Scotland Sir Malcolm Colquhoun, former U.S. Ambassador to France Charles Rivkin, U.S. Senators Arlen Specter, Robert C. Byrd, and Bill Frist, Federal Chief Judge
Anthony Scirica, and actor Morgan Freeman.

Receiving his B.A. from Lipscomb University, Neal also studied at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, The Scottsdale Artist School, Lyme Academy of Art, and is a protégé of America’s most celebrated figurative and portrait painter, Everett Raymond Kinstler. Neal’s work has been featured in publications such as American Artist, International Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, Art News, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Nashville Arts Magazine. He has received numerous awards for landscape and figurative paintings as well as the Grand Prize Award from the Portrait Society of America in 2001.

Neal has served on the board of directors of the Portrait Society of America, the Norman Rockwell Museum’s National Council, the American Patrons for the National Library and Galleries of Scotland (APNLGS), and the Executive Board of Trustees for Cheekwood Museum of Art. He is a member of the Allied Artists of New York, the
Artist Fellowship of New York, the Salmagundi Club, the Lotos Club, the Century Association, the Cumberland Society of Painters, and an Exhibiting Artist member of the National Arts Club in New York, among others.

Neal also enjoys church and community outreach, golf, plein-air painting, travel, and reading with a particular interest in history.