Tom Neel Biography
Artist Tom Neel paints stories that make you smile. His fanciful paintings of favorite places
are known as Whimsical Realism. At first glance, your eye is attracted by his use of bright
color and imaginative design. But once drawn in, a story unfolds as you discover humorous
touches throughout the composition.
Tom and his wife, Linda, live in the horse country of Virginia. Born in Washington, D.C., and
raised in nearby Maryland, Tom grew up pursuing a variety of interests. Singing lead in a band
put him in the spotlight at an early age, but his favorite times were those spent alone, drawing
cars. His love for the automobile resulted in his maintaining some of the world's rarest
Eventually his career led to a management position in Los Angeles, but it stifled his
creative side. Over the years he had enjoyed a variety of interests including poetry,
photography, and fine scale model building. But it was art that gave him the greatest
satisfaction, and it was the career he ultimately chose.
Largely self-taught, his art is positive by nature. His paintings evolve from stories
into works of art. The ideas formed in his imagination are blended with the skillful use
of detail, light, color, and composition. He admits he has a tendency to dwell on life's
humorous side, but explains, "Painting for me is a bit like having a party -- you plan on
having a good time and inviting all your friends. I'm having a great time and you're all
--- Tom Neel
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