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Kelly McNeil Paintings
Kelly McNeil - biography When I paint, there has to be a story for me. I want to capture the energy and drama in nature. The use of the pure warm colours in my palette helps to breathe life into my work. I use no black, preferring to create my own darks. It was after I started painting wildlife, that I first started noticing exotic wildlife in my own backyard. It was like seeing the world in black and white, then suddenly seeing in full colour. Whether It's the eagles, coyotes, owls, great blue herons, sandpipers, or pheasants on my parents Cape Breton Coast property, or the Hawks, ducks, deer, swans, herons, or turkey vultures of my home town in Brampton, Ontario. My subject matter continues to abound around me and inspire me.
 
Education:
EDUCATION: 1982 – Graduated Ontario College of Art and Design, Editorial Illustration, Toronto, Ontario1978 – Graduated Secondary School Honors Diploma, Holy Name of Mary High School, Mississauga, Ont.POST GRADUATE STUDIES: Working on Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Guelph 1993, 1994 – Portrait painting classes, Ontario College of Art 1992, 1991 – Portrait painting Classes, Sheridan College of Art, Oakville, OntarioWORKSHOPS2005 - Dan Thompson - Portrait Painting Classes 2004 – Barry Coombs, Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Watercolour Workshops 2004,2003 – Derek Wicks – Wildlife Art Workshops, Brampton, Ontario 2004,2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992 Barry Coombs, These outdoor workshops were carried out in the area of Toronto, Elora, Haliburton Ontario, Canso Nova Scotia, Grand Manan New Brunswick, and Ellicottville New York 2003 – David Kabuuka, Batik Workshop, Beaux-Arts Brampton 2003 – Mary Ellen Farrow, Sculpture Class, Beaux-Arts Brampton 2000 – Jack Reid, Watercolour workshop, Mississauga 1988 – John Bennet, outdoor watercolour, Caledon Hills, Ontario
 
Awards:
2006- Colour and Form Society -Toronto - winner best portrait

2004 -June, Juried Show, Human Animal Bond, Sponsors Award, Beaux-Arts Brampton
2004 - May, Juried Show, Color and Form Society, Honorable Mention, Toronto, Ontario
2003 – May, Juried Art Show, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, Portrait Society of Canada Honorable Mention, Toronto, Ontario one of twelve International Finalists
 
Selected Commissions/collections:
Region of Peel

John Sleeman, Sleeman Brewery

Barry Coombs

Athens School Board, Athens, Greece

 
Single Exhibitions:
2005 - Whitney Gallery - Peel Heritage Comple
2003 - June, Solo Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton
2001 - October, Solo Show, Brampton City Hall

2000 - October, Solo Show, Brampton City Hall
1995, 1994, 1993 – Solo Show, Café des Arts, 80 Spadina, Toronto, Ontario 1977 – Ontario High School Art Exhibition, Tour of Canada
 
Group Exhibitions:
GROUP, SOLO, AND JURIED EXHIBITIONS:

2006-June- Art of the Animal Kingdom, Bennington, Vermont

2006 -The South Eastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, South Carolina

2006- Colour and Form Society -Toronto - winner best portrait

2005 - Whitney Gallery - Peel Heritage Complex

2005 - 2006 Morrisson Galleries 700 North Michigan Avenue Chicago ILLINOIS 60611 2005_

2005-Wings &Wildlife Art Show, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

2005-Nature Art Festival, Jamestown, New York

2005-Buckhorn Wildlife Art Festival, Buckhorn, Ontario

2004 -October/November, Solo Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton, Brampton, Ontario

2004 - September/October, North Brampton Watercolour Society, Group Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton, Brampton, Ontario

2004 - Booth, Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario

2004 - July, Batik, Group Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton

2004 -June, Juried Show, Human Animal Bond, Sponsors Award, Beaux-Arts Brampton

2004 - June, Juried Show, Mississauga Art Group, Mississauga, Ontario

2004 - May, Juried Show, Color and Form Society, Honorable Mention, Toronto, Ontario

2004 - April, Group Anniversary Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton 2004 – February, Color and Form Society, Humming Bird Center, Toronto, Ontario

2004 -January, Solo Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton 2004, 2003 – November/January, Group Show, Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, Ontario

2004, 2003 - Group Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton

2003 - November/December, Juried Show, Colour and Form Society, Etobicoke, Ontario

2003 - November, Members Show, Portrait Society of Canada, Steam Whistle Brewery Gallery Toronto, Ontario

2003 - July, Juried Show, Water Show, Honorable Mention, Beaux-Arts Brampton

2003 - June, Solo Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton

2003 – May, Juried Art Show, Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, Portrait Society of Canada Honorable Mention, Toronto, Ontario one of twelve International Finalists

2003 - April, Group Anniversary Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton

2003 - January, Group Show, North Brampton Watercolour Society, Beaux-Arts Brampton

2002 - November, Booth, Mississauga Living Arts Center, Mississauga, Ontario

2002 - July, Group Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton 2002 – June, Solo Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton

2002 - April, Group Show, Grand Opening, Beaux-Arts Brampton 2002 – January, Group Show, North Brampton Watercolour Society, Brampton City Hall

2002, 2001 - November – January, Group Show, Whitney Gallery, Peel Heritage Complex, Brampton, Ontario

2001 - November, Juried Show, Color and Form Society, Etobicoke, Ontario 2001 – May – October – Juried Art Show, Images of the Humber, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto, Ontario

2001 - October, Solo Show, Brampton City Hall

2000 - October, Solo Show, Brampton City Hall

1999 - April/May, 26th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, Art Gallery of Peel, Peel Heritage Complex, Brampton, Ontario

1995, 1994, 1993 – Solo Show, Café des Arts, 80 Spadina, Toronto, Ontario 1977 – Ontario High School Art Exhibition, Tour
 
Artist's Statement:
Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, I have traveled and painted across Canada, the United States and Europe. Having worked in the commercial art field for 10 years, I left and started my fine arts career. In the past 3 years I have added wildlife painting to my portrait painting and scenery. Everywhere I go, I am visiting Zoos. Wildlife Reserves, Wildlife Refuges, or National Parks. I am dragging my family around, while I sketch the lazy animals, and photograph the active ones. This seems to be my passion, and being a very prolific painter, in Oil, Batik, Watercolour, or Scratch Board, working 5 to 7 days a week), I am producing 3 to 5 paintings a week.
 
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