Michael Shane Neal
"I have had two lifelong passions - art and people. I love interpreting people on canvas and am constantly searching to capture the essential personality and character of my subject."
Receiving his B.A. from David Lipscomb University, Neal recently received the “Young Alumnus of the Year” award from his alma mater. He has also studied at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, The Scottsdale Artist School, the Lyme Academy of Art, and is a protégé of America’s most celebrated figurative and portrait painter, Everett Raymond Kinstler. His work has been featured in publications such as American Artist, International Artist, Sketchbook, The Artist’s Magazine, Art News, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art Collector Magazine, and Nashville Arts Magazine.
Neal is a member of the board of directors of the Portrait Society of America, The American Patrons of the National Library and Galleries of Scotland, The Scottish Society of Middle Tennessee, and the Norman Rockwell Museum’s National Council. He served for six years as a member of the Executive Board of Trustees of the Cheekwood Museum of Art. He is an Exhibiting Artist member of the National Arts Club in NYC and is a member of the Allied Artists of NY, the Artist Fellowship of NY, the Cumberland Society of Painters, the Audubon Artists, the Salmagundi Club of NYC, the Lotos Club of NY, and the Sloane Club of London.
Neal is a member of the Economic Club of Nashville and serves as a deacon at his church. He enjoys community outreach projects, golf, plein air landscape painting, travel, and reading with a particular interest in history. Neal is the father of two daughters, and he is the present owner of a historic Nashville home, “Lone Oak," a 100-year-old English manor-style country house where Neal maintain his studio on the property.
Selected Commissions & Collections
- Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
- Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham
- Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne
- U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
- U.S. Senators Arlen Specter, Robert C. Byrd, and Bill Frist
- Federal Chief Judge Anthony Scirica
- Actor Morgan Freeman
- Sir Malcolm Colquhoun of Luss, Scotland, for the Colquhoun Museum and Heritage Center
- Ambassador Charles Rivkin for the American Embassy in Paris, France
- Martha Rivers Ingram for Vanderbilt University
- Fredrick and Lena Meijer for the Meijer Sculpture Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Legendary American screenwriter Edward Albee for the Player's Club in New York City
Honors & Awards
Grand Prize winner, Portrait Society of America's 2001 International Portrait Competition
"Young Alumnus of the Year" award from David Lipscomb University