Title: Artist, Educator
Location: Merritt Island, Florida, United States
Irene Neal, Artist and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in artistic expression.
When Ms. Neal was in her formative years, her parents encouraged her pursuit of art and she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wilson College in 1958. After gaining experience in the field, she married her husband, Paul Neal, who traveled alongside her to such locations as Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Portugal for a number of years. While living in Rio de Janeiro, she took courses in visual arts from 1976 to 1977. Her experiences in these countries transformed her perspectives on art and perpetually influenced her manner of artistic expression, her paintings embodying a reflection of fluid motion and tranquility on canvas and wood.
Throughout her career as an artist, Ms. Neal has participated in several one-woman shows across the United States and abroad in such cities as Santa Fe, NM, Memphis, TN, and Morristown, NJ, as well as in Tianjin, China. Additionally, she has been featured in numerous group exhibitions in Johnson City, TN, New York, NY, Dallas, TX, and Miami, FL, as well as in China, Canada, France, Italy, Czech Republic and Belgium. Likewise, she has been exhibited in collections such as the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, FL, Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, Newport Harbor Art Museum in Newport Beach, CA, and St. Matthew Episcopal Church in Wilton, CT, among others. Her work has further been published in esteemed journals and books.
Alongside her endeavors in acrylic painting, Ms. Neal also enjoys creating environmental jewelry out of recycled materials from the ocean. Her jewelry has been featured on various television programs, including The Joan Rivers Show and Good Morning America. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching hands-on classes in environmental jewelry-making for elementary and middle school students, having formerly been a guest speaker at The College of Santa Fe in Albuquerque, NM, in the early 1990s. As a testament to her profound influence upon the art world, she has been highlighted in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.
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