Biography

 

Overview

 

I have been a Wildlife Artist for about  25 years, and have shown my work internationally as far away as Tasmania, Russia and the USA. To me a painting has to capture the drama and personality of the subject. I have  learned so much about the natural world since studying wildlife,  I have  discovered an abundance of wildlife even in my own  backyard like  Deer, Blue Herons, Night Herons, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Red Tailed Hawks and the Owls in Gibbons Park here in London.  In the summer I am off to Cape Breton to visit my parents and more wildlife like Bald Eagles, King Fishers Coyotes, Loons and Whales, Puffins just to name a few.

My  current passion is painting animals in water I love the abstract quality of reflections, shadows and the pulse of the sea”.
I take pride in every piece I produce and strives to learn and perfect my technique as I continues to explore the natural world around me..

 

EDUCATION

 Ontario College of Art in Editorial Illustration 1984

University of Ontario College of Art  Bachelor of Design Degree in 2012

Humber College courses in Photography

Humber College courses in Early Childhood Education 

Workshops

Robert Bateman Cortez Island sponsored by Dragon Fly Gallery Orangeville, Ontario

ASSOCIATIONS

Artists for Conservation

Society of Animal Artists

Society of Canadian Artists

Colour and Form Society

London Community Artists

TEACHING

Franklin Carmichael Etobicoke, Ontario (during Covid they helped me set up Zoom lessons)

Beaux Arts Brampton Brampton, Ontario

Eastern Wildlife Studio, London, Ontario

WILDLIFE & FINE ART SHOWS

South Eastern Wildlife Exposition x 15 years

Buckhorn Fine Art Festival x 15 years 

Golden Turtle Wildlife Show, Moscow, Russia x 3 years

One of Five Canadian Artists Istanbul Turkey

GALLERIES 

https://dragonflyarts.ca 

https://thegalleryniagara.com/contact/

https://www.horizonfineartgallery.com

https://seasideart.com

AWARDS AND HONOURS

2021 Birds in Art Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
2016 -  Society of Canadian Artists St John’s Newfoundland Painting Waterdance3 First prize
 2016- Ducks Unlimited Canada Painting Blue Velvet used as Sponser  Award
2014 - Society of Canadian Artists 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

2009-Winner of the 2009 Tasmania, Australia City of Burnie Tas Art Exhibition Cruikshank Financial Award for Oil and Acrylic
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
 

 

https://www.instagram.com/kellymcneilwildlifeartist/

https://www.facebook.com/kellymcneilwildlifeartist

https://www.kellymcneil.ca

kelly-mcneil.pixels.com

mcneilwildlife@gmail.com
mcneilportraits@outlook.com
Eastern Wildlife Studio

416 455 7020
 

Support for Conservation: 

Paintings sold through AFC 25% of price has gone to Algonquin Wildlife Research Station

Ducks Unlimited Canada Sponser Painting 2016

Ducks Unlimited Canada 2014

Special Achievements: 

Awards & Honours
2016 -  Society of Canadian Artists St John’s Newfoundland Painting Waterdance3 First prize
 2016- Ducks Unlimited Canada Painting Blue Velvet used as Sponser  Award
2014 -  Society of Canada Artists  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