Richard McNeill The art of Richard Kessler McNeill, Jr. is varied and eclectic, realistic and textural, reflecting a broad range of interests and influences. From Native American imagery and motif to portraiture and graphic arts, even to removing himself from the flat surfaces of canvas and paper into the world of bamboo and sound, Mr. McNeill responds creatively to the world around him.

Artistic expression emerged at an early age. Endlessly drawing and doodling while in class, this particular creative trait did not exactly endear him to his teachers, but it did provide an important vehicle in developing skills for his future artwork. While a junior high school student in 1963, he painted his first oil painting and fell in love with the medium.

Although he has had no formal training in oil painting, he has spent many years in the self-study of the myriad schools of painting and drawing – from the masters of old to contemporary artists. With a deep fascination of their work, style, and even their personal histories, artists such as Albrecht Durer, Caravaggio, Whistler, Rembrandt, Remington, N.C. and Andrew Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Alfons Mucha, the wonderful blues of Maxfield Parrish, and in recent years Celtic constructs, have influenced his work.

Always in the pursuit of artistic and personal growth, Mr. McNeill has delved into many mediums, from clay and metal sculpture to watercolor, pencil, pen & ink, oils, and bamboo.

In his late teens and early 20’s, he worked as a silkscreen craftsman and learned the art of silkscreen printmaking. The freedom of printing multiple copies of a single image, wherein he could control the entire process and outcome, sparked a creative nuance within, which inspired him to apply this medium to his artwork during that time.

Homesick for his oils, he returned imbued with an interest and passion for the history, cultures, and stories of Native American peoples. Working large canvases to increase the impact of the story behind the oils, and influenced by the pictograph and the use of the circle in Native American imagery, he produced his Native American series. Those influences continue today, especially in his graphic design.

Mr. McNeill has completed many paintings, graphic designs, and other art commissions on a great variety of subjects, from the world without to his own personal experiences in a continuing effort to develop his skills as a painter and graphic artist. One very personal series is the oil painting triptych, numbered #1, #2, and #3, which captures the life of his father. His father’s untimely death concludes the series in #3 "Sailing Away.”

Mr. McNeill accepts commissions and works with clients on a wide range of subject matter, including portraits of people and animals, children and pets. He also accepts commissions for painting landscapes, composites, and murals and also works in pencil and pen & ink. Commissioned portraits and other images can be worked from photographs provided by the client. In this busy life we all lead, sitting for portraiture is typically unrealistic for most people. Digital graphics is an art form he has just begun to explore with the “Christmas Cabin” card being his first effort at digital imaging and coloring.

In the commercial art business of McNeill Graphics, Inc. Mr. McNeill has produced graphic designs for businesses, schools and sporting events, and other organizations in the U.S. and Canada, completing commissions, among others, for The Dallas Natural History Museum and D Magazine in Dallas.

His work has been displayed on gallery walls in California and Texas, including the Prairie House Gallery in Lubbock, Texas and D’ART in Dallas. He won best of show at the Texas State Fair and is represented in several private collections.

The craft of bamboo flute making is a recent creative avenue reflecting a long time love of bamboo and the Shakuhachi and Native American style flutes.

Richard McNeill has been married for 30 years to his beautiful wife Patty and raised two wonderful children, Nathan and Leila, artists in their own right, who are now young adults with growing careers in medical science and literature. In his 25th year in the telecommunications industry, he’s been able to feed his left brain sufficiently so that his head doesn’t grow lopsided.

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