Whilst working as an art tutor and mentor in Yorkshire, and drawing on influences from Auerbach, Egon Schiele and the Italian Renaissance period, Neil pursued this passion, establishing himself for his variety of portrait styles and for executing his work in both a classical and contemporary manner whilst working in varying mediums. This varying style and medium, together with Neil’s use of colour, creates a dramatic, exciting and unexpected effect.
Dressage is a highly skilled form of riding performed in exhibition and competition, as well as an “art” it is sometimes pursued solely for the sake of mastery. Modern dressage has evolved as an important equestrian pursuit since the Renaissance when Federico Grisone’s “The Rules of Riding” was published in 1550, the first treatise on equitation in over a thousand years since Xenophon’s “On Horsemanship”.
This quote in particular was a great source of inspiration for the artist; “A lot of artists only paint in one style, however for me, my style, whether it be classical, contemporary or expressive, depends very much on how I feel.”