Publications Featuring Michael Shane Neal

Capture Characteristic Impressions in Portraits

AMERICAN ARTIST MAGAZINE, Winter 2005. During a workshop in Tennessee, Michael Shane Neal showed how following specific procedures would help avoid the stiff, overworked appearance of portraits based on photographs Visit the websites of most portrait painters or flip through the portfolios they display during the annual Portrait Society of America convention and you will Continue Reading…

The Treasure Trove

ARTIST’S SKETCHBOOK Magazine. December 2004. On a recent trip to Boston, I couldn’t wait to get to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. On most of my trips, whether they’re for work or play, I always try to carve out time for a visit to a local museum or Continue Reading…

Portrait of an Artist

THE TENNESSEAN, November 21, 2004. Not unlike a priest, police detective or psychologist, Michael Shane Neal works hard to get people to trust him. It’s absolutely essential in his line of work, even if he’s not in the business of saving souls, lives, or sanities. Neal, 35, a Nashville native, is a portrait painter – Continue Reading…

Brushing History onto Canvas

UNUM, Autumn 2004. Michael Shane Neal was “thrilled” to learn that he had received the commission to paint Senator Arthur Vandenberg because it combined his “two greatest interests: history and interpreting people on canvas.” Neal’s feeling about the commission and his approach to developing the Vandenberg portrait are illustrative of the experience of an artist Continue Reading…

Program Review

FOLIO, Portrait Society of Atlanta Summer 2004. In a dapper Seersucker suit and oxfords, Michael Shane Neal circulated the room, introducing himself and shaking everyone’s hand. This southern gentleman from Nashville, Tennessee, began his discussion and demonstration with a brief review of his history. Mr. Neal intended to spend his college career in pre-med but Continue Reading…

Contemporary Art in Boston

ART NEWS, Summer 2004. Just two blocks from Rotenberg, another longstanding Newbury Street gallery is reestablishing its commitment to contemporary art. Vose Galleries, the oldest family-owned gallery in the United States, has been located in Boston’s Back Bay since 1841. Long recognized for showing 19th- and early-20th-century work, the gallery recently began devoting exhibition space Continue Reading…

Workshop Review, Portrait Society of Atlanta

FOLIO, Portrait Society of Atlanta Summer 2004. Michael Shane Neal is familiar to PSA members through his program for our May meeting, and for his many prestigious commissions and awards. The week-long workshop, in historic Franklin, Tennessee, started Sunday evening with Shane’s introduction to the theme of the week, “Painting from Life.” He showed slides Continue Reading…

On the Rise

THE ARTIST’S MAGAZINE, January 2004. The future of fine art looks bright. Here are 20 contemporary artists who are fast getting into the spotlight, and whose work you’re to see more of in the future. Let them inspire you to better painting and to feel pride in the accomplishments and ambition of your fellow artists.

My Favorite Brush

THE ARTIST’S MAGAZINE, January 2004. The Grand Prix filbert made by Silver Brush is the preferred brush of oil portrait painter Michael Shane Neal. “The filbert is so versatile,” says the Nashville, Tennessee, artist. “I can make several different strokes with one brush. If I want a thick, broad stroke, I hold the brush down Continue Reading…

All in Your Head

THE ARTIST’S MAGAZINE, April 2003. While visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1994, my friend and mentor Everett Raymond Kinstler took me to see one of America’s premier portrait and figure painters, Bettina Steinke. At nearly 80 years old, she was vibrant, engaging and hard at work on several portraits in her studio. Only moments Continue Reading…

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