Artistic Expressions is pleased to present Ken McNeill
as Artist of the Month.
Join us for our Artist's Wine & Cheese Reception
Friday, August 8th from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Ken McNeill was one of the first local artists to join Artistic Expressions Co-Op and is well represented in our Gallery. From pastoral scenes to barns and farms, to sheep and lambs with attitude and personality, Ken puts oil paint on canvas to share his visions with others.
"I grew up in tobacco country, central North Carolina," says Ken. "I drive a truck and like old barns. Farm equipment, the smell of plowed dirt and rolling landscapes say home to me. I've drawn since childhood but took for granted the natural beauty of pastures, ponds, fields and farm buildings. A handful of years ago, when I seriously set out to paint my surroundings, I truly began to see color in the shadows and the play of light."
Ken explains his passion for oil painting as a creative alternative to his day job as an electrical engineer. From eight to five what he does is constrained by the laws of mathematics and physics. It is finite with little room for interpretation. Painting on nights and weekends, Ken escapes to a creative world where he fills his canvases with bold swirls of color.
"My wife's obsession with spinning, knitting and all things fiber inspired me to paint sheep, goats, alpacas and bunnies, with the goal of finding an animal's personality and translating it to canvas." We'd say he succeeded admirably when his oil on canvas painting You Want It, We Got It, Come Get It won the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival's cover art competition this Spring and was reproduced on posters, T-shirts, catalog covers, mugs, bags, festival stationery and more.
"My hope is that my work brings pleasure to others," says Ken. We'd say it does because you can't help but smile when you look at the faces of his sheep and they seem to look back at you! Ken's work will be featured in our front window throughout August, and more of his oil paintings may be seen at kenmcneillart.com
Find unique, original artwork at gift-giving prices!
Artistic Expressions Local Art Gallery & Co-Op is located on Raleigh
St. in beautiful downtown Fuquay-Varina. The art featured in the
gallery includes oil, acrylic and water color paintings, wooden
renderings, collage and mixed media, pottery, photography and photo restoration and wearable
and decorative glass art.
The various artists include realists, expressionists and impressionists. Some of the artists offer classes to the public and will take commissioned work.
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