Curriculum Vitae

Overview:

Kelly McNeil graduated from Ontario College of Art in Editorial Illustration 1983, and Graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University with a Bachelor of Design in 2012.

She has been a Wildlife Artist for 15 years, and shows her work internationally, as far away as Tasmania, and has Galleries in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina and Geneva Illinois, as well as Southern Ontario. She exhibits in large Wildlife Shows in Jamestown New York, Charleston, South Carolina, and Buckhorn, Ontario. McNeil can be found painting and teaching in her studio # 4, in Brampton, Ontario.

Everywhere Kelly goes she is visiting Zoos, Wildlife Reserves, Wildlife Refuges, or National Parks. “I’m dragging my family around while I sketch the lazy animals, and photograph the active ones”.

To McNeil, a painting has to capture the drama and personality of the subject. She has learned so much about the natural world since studying wildlife. She has discovered an abundance of wildlife she hadn’t ever noticed in her own backyard in Brampton: Deer, Blue Herons, Night Herons, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Red Tailed Hawks, and Owls are just some of them.

On her parent’s Cape Breton property she has discovered Bald Eagles, Herons, Deer, Hawks and Owl’s, along with King Fishers, Loons, Seals, Osprey, Bob Cats, Coyotes, and Whales.

McNeil’s current passion is painting animals in water.” I love the abstract quality of reflections, shadows and the pulse of the sea”.

She takes pride in every piece she produces and strives to learn and perfect her technique as she continues to explore the natural world around her.

She has been on the Board of Directors of Beaux-Arts Brampton 13 years, and is currently the President. Beaux-Arts is an Artist Run Centre that Boasts 3 Galleries, a Workshop for Art Classes, and Studios for 13 artists. Found in the downtown core, Beaux-Arts was the idea of The Brampton Arts Council, and started with support from the City of Brampton and The Brampton Arts Council.

Education:

1983 – Graduated Ontario College of Art, Editorial Illustration, Toronto, ON

2012 – Graduated Ontario College of Art and Design University, Bachelor of Design,
Toronto, ON

Galleries:

2014 – Ashley’s Art Gallery, 701 Main Street N., Fuquay-Varina, NC, USA

2001- 2014– Beaux-Arts Brampton, 70 Main St, N., Brampton, ON

2005 – 2014 – Morrison Galleries, 223 West State Street Geneva, Illinois 60134, U.S.A.

2004 -2014– Dragon Fly Gallery, Orangeville, ON

 

 

Awards & Honours

2013 Sponsored by the Dragon Fly Gallery to attend the:

“Robert Bateman Workshop” on Cortez Island BC.

2011 Brampton Citizen’s Award

2010 Brampton Art’s Person of the Year

Colour and Form Society:

2013 – Honourable Mention, Etobicoke Civic Centre

2012 – Second Place, Etobicoke Civic Centre

2012 – Top Award, Carrier Gallery, Toronto

2010 – Best in Show, Tod Morden Mills, Toronto

2012 – Second Place, Open Juried Show, Etobicoke Civic Gallery

2008 – Best Portrait, Open Juried Show, Etobicoke Civic Gallery

2006 – Honorable Mention, Tod Morden Mills, Toronto

Beaux-Arts Brampton:

2007 – People’s Choice Award, Beaux-Art’s 1st Annual Open Juried Show

2013 – Best in Show , Wildlife Juried Show

2008 – Muriel Davis Essence of Water Award

2004 – Valerie MacDonald’s Memorial Award

2004 – Loomis Award, Human Animal Bond Show

2014 Salmon Arms BC, Second Place

Winner of the 2009 City of Burnie Tas Art Exhibition

Cruikshank Financial Award for Oil and Acrylic

SCA:

2014 Salmon Arms BC, Second Place

Tasmania:

Winner of the 2009 City of Burnie Tas Art Exhibition

Cruikshank Financial Award for Oil and Acrylic