I know I look silly in this picture, but it’s in the spirit of the season (It’s a Santa sweater, for the record). And in that same spirit, I’d like to reflect a bit on the year that has been. 2016 was the year I finally started getting my paintings “out there.”
Though I had a couple of peaceful years toiling away on these paintings in seclusion, it really was something of a relief to start sharing them with actual people. I’m pretty happy to have had three official showings in 2016. After a solo coffee shop showing in the Spring, I took part in two group gallery exhibitions this past Fall.
I’d like to share them even more in 2017. More paintings, more showings, and more inspiration is what I’m striving for. And to help make my work more accessible, I’d also like to further re-purpose this website. So look for even more images and more posts. Did I mention this work is for sale? Realigning the website should help make that more clear. For now, though, if you see a piece you do like, feel free to email or message me.
Thanks for checking in on me in 2016. I think we had a nice time. Let’s do it some more in 2017. Happy new year!
Grape-Nuts is now up and ready for all to see as part of the Art St. Louis 32 exhibit. The opening reception was this past weekend, and I was there among the crowd taking it all in.
This all-themes show will be up through December 22, so there’s plenty of time to catch a glimpse of it yourself (and it’s free!). Go ahead, and tell ’em Neil sent ya.
What would be the perfect way to cap off the year? I think the answer may be “Neil’s Holiday Art Fest.” On Saturday, December 10th, I’ll be hosting an artwork open house. This will be a chance to showcase my paintings as well as to just hang out. And the paintings are for sale (the perfect gift…?), though you certainly don’t have to be a buyer to be a looker.
It’ll go from noon through 6pm, with the idea that you can show up at any time and stay for as little or as long as you’d like. There will be holiday music, refreshments, and even a holiday sweater or two.
If you’re in or around the St. Louis area at that time, don’t hesitate to stop by. I’ve got a lot of paintings that I’m pretty proud of and eager to share. There’s a Facebook event page with all the particulars here. It’ll be cool. We’ll hang out.
I’m happy to say that I will be a part of yet another showing at Art Saint Louis. My painting Grape-Nuts will be among the work of 51 total artists for their 32nd annual year end exhibition, “Art St. Louis XXXII.”
This is a yearly all media, all themes, all styles, and all techniques juried exhibit. I’ll be on hand at the opening reception on Saturday November 12th and encourage anyone in or around the St. Louis area to participate as well. There’s a handy facebook event page here.
I’ve chosen Grape-Nuts for this show. I can’t say exactly why. It’s a piece I completed well over a year ago. Since this exhibition has no theme and pieces created over at least the last two years were allowed, I had plenty of options to consider for submitting. Something about Grape-Nuts just seemed right. Would you believe I’ve never even tried the cereal?
Well, I did it. I participated in my first ever opening reception. It all went down at Art Saint Louis this past weekend for the Mix Tape exhibit, which will be up through the 27th of October (and free). I think it went pretty okay. It was actually a lot like regular life, only we were all surrounded by artwork.
It was very gratifying to see my piece, MTV, in such a setting. I’m pretty proud of it and encourage anyone in the St. Louis area to come check it out along with the rest of the show. They also have a coffee area, if you’re into that sort of thing.
See how happy I was to be there? Granted, the poor lighting over me doesn’t help much. I’m just happy that MTV was well lit. Because, in the end, isn’t it the art that matters? But really, go check out the show.