My Personal Journey

McNeil is a self-taught artist and has been painting for 26 years. She comes from several generations of talented artists, the most note-worthy being her mother, who she used to watch paint as a young child.

"My Mother died November 10th of 2010. Like myself she was an artist, talented with a brush, with the spoken word, the best mother a daughter could ever dream to have. After she died, I inherited her brushes and paint, what an amazing personal gift to be given to me!

Every tube told a story, and the brushes give me a strong personal connection. Every time I use them I am aware that she held them, I am holding her hand, or is she holding mine guiding me with each brush stroke. I love these brushes, they have her fingerprints.

One of my clients commented that my style had changed, and I told her about my Mothers passing and acknowledged that yes, it had changed. My artwork is my emotional fuel. As I go through this journey without her, I need to forget sometimes and just focus on painting. At times my work is silly and frivolous... Mom would laugh and say "Oh Mo that is sheer genius". Other times it is victorious and I feel I am adapting to the "new normal". I love to talk to my Mom as I am painting, it is therapeutic, personal, it is the fuel that I need to live my life." Maureen McNeil

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