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To live an artful life is to immerse yourself in something other than the mundane and enjoy life to its fullest through a world of visionary exploration.

Thomas Neel
Live An Artful Life®

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CELEBRATING THE CREATIVE SPIRIT!

Thomas “Tom” Neel has been a successful fine artist and writer for over 30 years. Primarily known for his commissioned and private collection paintings of Virginia's Piedmont, his inspirational book “Live An Artful Life” shares his depth of experience with creativity in a motivational way.

As a writer, Tom has also authored two limited release books, and a popular, decade long newspaper column titled “The Artist's Perspective." He writes a weekly blog found here, and articles for his company Live An Artful Life®. Tom is also an active contributing writer and photographer for the Porsche Club of America. With nearly 80,000 members, it is the largest single-marque car club in the world.

As a public speaker and creative consultant, Tom has an informative range of topics and a broad-based background ranging from vision assistance, management, entrepreneurism, and of course, he’s loaded with ideas!


Latest Posts from Tom's Blog

Finding Yourself Once More

Finding Yourself Once More

| Thomas Neel
34 years ago in 1986, I had already spent well over a decade building an automotive career which was vast in scope. It seemed as if I had spent most waking moments thinking about or working on something that had to do with cars, trucks and motorcycles.
Adapting and Getting Creative

Adapting and Getting Creative

| Thomas Neel
I can remember back to September 11th, 2001, having Good Morning America on and witnessing the live coverage of airliners hitting the World Trade Center. It was very late in the broadcast when they switched to live cameras aimed at the building and the aftermath of the first plane hitting.
When Life Offers You Purpose

When Life Offers You Purpose

| Thomas Neel
Linda and I have an artist friend named Nancy Bishop. Nancy has led a very full life, which includes over 40 years as a master potter, though she also successfully dabbled in painting as well.
The Power of Love

The Power of Love

| Thomas Neel
Today Linda and I celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. I don’t share this just to make an announcement. I really do so because ours is the story of Live An Artful Life, which actually dates back to the late 80’s when a much younger new artist (me), walked into a much younger gallery owner’s gallery in Leesburg, Virginia.
Music to Our Ears

Music to Our Ears

| Thomas Neel
I’m a guitar player. Well, actually I’m kind of a hack that has been at it for 55 years. But I’ve owned a lot of guitars and it’s likely no surprise that having to stay at home a lot these days has offered ample time to improve my skills, and it’s worked. I’m playing every day now.
Forming Creative Balance

Forming Creative Balance

| Thomas Neel
Creative types can be prone to imbalance. There’s nothing scientific about this statement, I’ve just hung around enough artists to know many can be thrown by disruption or are unable to create unless things are just right. For many working people you just have to muscle on through it. But for artists, it can bring thinking and things to a standstill.
When Your Creative Skill Comes in Handy

When Your Creative Skill Comes in Handy

| Thomas Neel
It finally happened, the need for homemade masks! My, my, it’s a brave new world. But here we are, looking like a couple of bank robbers! Still, it seemed the right thing to do for the short term and it allowed Linda to put her sewing talent to good use.
Sourcing a Source of Inspiration

Sourcing a Source of Inspiration

| Thomas Neel
I was going through my thousands of cataloged reference photos I have on hand. To be honest, I was looking for a few things and purging a bit while doing so. But then I found myself immersed in my own light I had captured through years of photography.
Oh Brother... and Sister-in-Law

Oh Brother... and Sister-in-Law

| Thomas Neel
My brother Dave picked a great time to retire. At the end of 2019, he said bye, bye to a 45-year career in trade of staying home, relaxing and then this!!!!!!!! Oh brother, is his timing interesting.

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