Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Jack McNeal

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

Jack McNeal


I am a lifelong wanderer. As a boy, living in Long Beach, I would spend hours walking in the salt flats near my home. Another place we, the kids, called the sand dunes. This was an area on the edges of Alamitos Bay that was a wasteland of dredging spoils.

With the addition of a small rowboat, this turned into exploring around the bay. By this time (ca 1948), I was beginning to occasionally carry a camera with me.
Move forward a “few” years and I still investigate places on land and water. Now I carry a camera as a full time appendage.

My inclination is to follow any trail or road that heads toward the beach. Rain, fog and big surf are also attractive to me. I try to capture a sense of place and am drawn to the obscure beaches and headlands that rarely have anyone else on them.

On the water, I paddle canoes and kayaks around Morro Bay, and other California estuaries, including Elkhorn Slough, Alamitos Bay, Newport Bay and Mission Bay and San Diego Bay. Once again, interesting weather is an attraction to me.

My work is printed on 100% rag, hot press watercolor paper and matted with 100% rag museum board. This is done in an effort to ensure that my customers will be able to enjoy my work for many years.

Late Sun on Sandspit © Jack McNeal

Beach Near Piedras Blancas © Jack McNeal

Sweet Springs © Jack McNeal

Twilight on the Strand © Jack McNeal

Hidden Beach © Jack McNeal