Pencil, Watercolor & Ink

Portland, Oregon

About the Artist:

Terri Neal has lived throughout the US and finally settled in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She has a keen interest in animals and the natural world and received a biology degree from Hiram College in Ohio and Arizona State University. Having loved to draw and create from an early age, Terri has explored many mediums, pencils, fibers, ceramics and metals. Pencils were her first love, and she has begun exploring them again, combining them with watercolor, pastels, and ink. Her realistic style conveys her love of the subject matter and color. Her quest is to find the soul and whimsy in each of her animal subjects.

Terri has received multiple awards for her drawings from Cannon Beach Arts Assoc. miniature’s show, DC201 Colored Pencil Show in Keizer, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts and 2018 Best of Show and Mayors choice award from the juried Beaverton Arts Mix. Terri’s drawings have been selected to be included in the books, Colored Pencil Cats & Dogs from Ann Kullberg and CP Hidden Treasures. Her drawings have been juried into the 25th, 27th and 28th CPSA International Exhibits and also the 2020 and 2021 DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. Terri is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Terri’s art is on permanent display in Beaverton City Hall.

Artist Statement

My inspiration comes from our natural world. I love to draw my subjects realistically, exploring each animal anatomically and trying to capture their essence with layers of color and value. This process feels meditative as I immerse myself in each subject and try to find their personality and individuality.

I am currently working on documenting animals that are threatened by climate change and man’s encroachment in their habitat. I use my drawings to share the beauty of our natural world and promote conservation.


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