Biography

Overview

Kelly McNeil graduated from Ontario College of Art in Editorial Illustration 1983, and when OCA became a University went back and got a Bachelor of Design Degree 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 The Dragonfly in 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 at 25 Eastern Avenue  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 a past 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.

Galleries:
2017 - Horizon Gallery, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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 -2017– Dragon Fly Gallery, Orangeville, ON
 
 
Awards & Honours
2016 - Ontario Society of Artists St John’s Newfoundland Painting Waterdance3 First prize
 2016- Ducks Unlimited Canada Painting Blue Velvet used as Sponser  Award
2014 - Ontario Society of Canada Salmon Arm, BC, painting Legs second Prize
2014- Ducks Unlimited Canada painting Oakley’s First Swim Calendar Cover
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
2009-Winner of the 2009 Tasmania, Australia City of Burnie Tas Art Exhibition Cruikshank Financial Award for Oil and Acrylic

www.kellymcneil.net
mcneilwildlife@gmail.com
mcneilportraits@hotmail.com
Eastern Wildlife Studio
25 Eastern Avenue
Brampton, Ontario
L6W 1X5
416 455 7020
Studio
Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre
515 Main St., Glen Williams (Halton Hills, ON)
L7G 3S9

Support for Conservation: 

Ducks Unlimited Canada Sponser Painting 2016

Ducks Unlimited Canada 2014

Special Achievements: 

Awards & Honours
2016 - Ontario Society of Artists St John’s Newfoundland Painting Waterdance3 First prize
 2016- Ducks Unlimited Canada Painting Blue Velvet used as Sponser  Award
2014 - Ontario Society of Canada Salmon Arm, BC, painting Legs second Prize
2014- Ducks Unlimited Canada painting Oakley’s First Swim Calendar Cover
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:

2012 Golden Turtle Moscow, Russia 3rd Pace
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
2009-Winner of the 2009 Tasmania, Australia City of Burnie Tas Art Exhibition Cruikshank Financial Award for Oil and Acrylic