Michael Shane Neal  »  Nashville, TN
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Dr. Tommy Frist Jr., Co-founder
Hospital Corporation of America


Michael Shane Neal
Nashville, TN
Fee range: $25,000-$85,000

michaelshaneneal@gmail.com
615-297-0516
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About the Artist

Michael Shane Neal (Born November 23, 1968) recently completed portraits of such luminaries as Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, former Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, U.S. Senators Arlen Specter, Robert C. Byrd, Bill Frist, Federal Chief Judge Anthony Scirica, Sir Malcolm Colquhoun of Luss, Scotland; and Actor Morgan Freeman.

His current commissions include: Ambassador Charles Rivkin for the American Embassy in Paris, France; Martha Ingram, Chair Board of Trust, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN; Mr. and Mrs. Jerome L. Greene, Columbia University, New York; and Mrs. Luis Fortuño, Former First Lady of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Listed among 20 contemporary artists “On the Rise” in The Artist’s Magazine’s annual survey in 2004, Neal’s unique, sensitive and insightful paintings display a commitment for portraying not just the outer likeness of his subjects, but their character and personality as well. A self-described “people person,” Neal enthusiastically shares his excitement for interpreting his clients on canvas in a traditional yet painterly style.

Since beginning a full time career as an artist at the age of 21, he has completed nearly 500 portraits on display around the country. Of particular note was the commission to paint Senator Arthur Vandenberg for the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Vandenberg’s portrait is the first commission of its kind in nearly 50 years, and upon receiving the commission at the age of 32, Neal is among the youngest artists ever commissioned by the United States Senate.

Neal is the Grand Prize winner of the 2001 Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition and recently received the Catherine Lorilland Wolfe Award from the National Arts Club and the Tara Fredrix Award from the Audubon Artists, both for landscape. In 2004, he received the Artist’s Magazine Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition.

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 and Cheekwood Museum of Art. He is an Exhibiting Artist member of the National Arts Club, the Allied Artists of America, the Artist Fellowship, the Cumberland Society of Painters, the Audubon Artists, the Salmagundi Club of New York, the Lotos Club of New York, and the Sloane Club of London.

A graduate of Leadership Nashville class of 2010, Neal is a member of the Economic Club of Nashville and serves as a deacon at Granny White Church of Christ. He enjoys community outreach projects, golf, plein air landscape painting, travel, and reading with a particular interest in history. The father of two daughters, Neal and his wife are the present owners and guardians of a historic home, Lone Oak Manor, a 100 year old English manor style country house in Nashville, Tennessee.




Portrait Fees

Please contact the artist at michaelshaneneal@gmail.com for detailed pricing information.

ADULT OIL PORTRAITS

Head and Shoulders............................ 22" x 28" - 24" x 30"........................................... …$25,000

Half-View with Hands......................... 24" x 30" - 30" x 40”.............................................. $40,000

Three-Quarter Figure............................ 30" x 40" - 36" x 48"............................................. $60,000

Full-Length Figure……….......…..…...40" x 60" or larger.................................................. $85,000

All travel, lodging, framing, crating and shipping expenses are in addition to the prices listed above.  Detailed clothing, backgrounds or animals to be quoted within range listed above. Portraits delivered in approximately 6-9 months from initial sitting.

PROCEDURE

Michael Shane Neal will travel to the client’s location to obtain information needed to complete a commissioned portrait.  Normal time would include one to two days at the client’s location.  During his visit, the artist will spend time getting to know the subject, discussion of the details of the portrait including pose, clothing setting and complete a digital photo shoot.  At the conclusion of the photo shoot (approximately 2 hours), the artist and client will discuss the session and review concepts for the portrait. 

Once in the studio, the artist will begin the portrait from photographs.  After approximately 1/2 of the portrait is complete, the artist enjoys a live sitting in his Nashville studio.  This not only provides invaluable insight for the artist but an opportunity for the client to view the portrait in progress.  A frame is also selected during this visit to ensure the portrait is delivered framed once completed.  Whenever possible, the artist will deliver the portrait in person for final approval.



Additional portraits

Ambassador Paul H. Nitze
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
Gordon Gee, Chancellor
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
Sandra Day O'Connor
Former Supreme Court Justice
The Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law
Tempe, Arizona
Chuck Widger, Founder and CEO
Brinker Capitol, Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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Steve Bell, Chairman and CEO
Steven D. Bell & Company
Greensboro, North Carolina
Humphrey Bogart, Actor
 
Morgan Freeman, Actor
John Barrymore, Actor
John Flanagan, M.D.
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Christian Herter
53rd U.S.Secretary of State
Milton Johnson, President & CEO
Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)
Nashville, Tennessee
 
Dr. Tommy Frist Jr., Co-founder
Hospital Corporation of America
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President Theodore Roosevelt as Rough Rider, 1898
The Roosevelt House
Washinton, D.C.
 
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The Honorable George Paine
Chief Justice, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Nashville, Tennessee
Chief Judge Anthony Scirica
U.S. Court of Appeals
3rd Circuit Federal Court House
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dr Arthur P. Wheeler
Professor of Medicine
Longtime director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Adult Medical Intensive Care Unit
Nashville, Tennessee
Dr. Bradley Smith
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee
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The Honorable Dirk Kempthorne
49th Secretary of the Interior
Washington, D.C.
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Edward Jackson
Sir Malcolm Colquhoun  9th Baronet, 31st of Colquhoun & 33rd of Luss
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Senator Bill Frist
Official Majority Leader Portrait
Leadership Portrait Collection
United States Senate
United States Capitol Building
Washington, D.C.
 
Charles Rivkin
United States Ambassador to France
Collection of the United States Embassy
Paris, France
The Honorable Spencer Abraham
10th Secretary of Energy
Washington, D.C.
U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd
Majority Leader (1977-1981) (1987-1989)
Leadership Portrait Collection
United States Capitol
Washington, D.C.
Senator Bill Frist
Office of the Republican Majority Leader
United States Capitol Building
Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Phil Bredesen
Governor of the State of Tennessee
Reverend James C. Dant
Highland Hills Baptist Church
Macon, Georgia
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