Biography:
Neil was born in Vancouver (1943) and graduated from UBC in 1966 with a B.Ed. in Art Education. After graduation he travelled to Europe for a year before settling down to a teaching position in Burnaby. Following two years of teaching Neil enrolled in Graduate Studies at Montreal’s Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) earning his M.A degree in Art Education. In 1971 he moved back to Vancouver and resumed teaching with the Burnaby School Board.

 

During the next several years his time was occupied designing and building a home, raising a family and quietly pursuing his art. Over the years Neil has produced several series of work including his Lynn Valley Series, received a Canada Council Explorations Grant, undertaken private commissions and participated in community, private and group exhibitions. In 1999 Neil retired from teaching art after thirty two years.

 

At present Neil works as a faculty Advisor for UBC supervising student teachers. He also has become involved with his community serving on the Board of the North Shore Neighbourhood House for six years and has recently served on the Governance Board of the John Braithwaite Community Centre leaving the Board in March of this year. He was also a member of the Canadian Institute of Portrait Artists (CIPA) where he served on the Board for two years.

Academic Background:

M.A. (Art Education), Concordia University, Montreal, 1974

B.Ed. University of BC, Vancouver, 1966

Professional Experience:

Faculty Advisor UBC, 1999 – 2011 Faculty of Education, UBC Teacher Education Office -Supervising student teachers during their Fall and Spring practicum

Teacher of Art, 1971 – 1999 Taught art and other related subjects for the Burnaby School District

Department Head, 1974 – 1989 Assigned Fine Arts Department Head in three different Burnaby High Schools over this fifteen-year period

District Assisting Teacher, Fine Arts, 1978-1979

Prepared workshops and gave support to other art teachers in the District of Burnaby

Teacher of Art, 1967 – 1969 Taught Art and Honors English, Burnaby School System

Community Experience:

John Braithwaite Community Centre 2006-2010 Board of Directors, Board ChairmanCanadian Institute of Portrait Artists, 2002-2004

Was a member at large on their Board of Directors North Shore Neighbourhood House, 1998-2004

Was a member of the Board of Directors serving two years as Chairman. Quayside Co-Housing Society, 1993-1998

Founding member of society that eventually led to North Vancouver’s first Co-Housing Community Greater Vancouver Developmental Society (Giant Steps) 1991-1999

Was a founding member and served on the Board for eight years raising funds to create a school for Autistic children in the Lower Mainland.

Burnaby Art Gallery, 1985-1986 Served on the Board of Directors

Special Honours and Awards:

Won First Place in the Harmony Arts Plein Air Contest, 2011

Won Second Place in the Harmony Arts Festival Plein Air Contest, 2008

Image selected for Save Lynn Canyon Campaign,

1989 Received Canada Council Explorations Grant,

1989 Won Set Design Award, BC Drama Festival,

1979 Purchase Prize Award, Sir George Williams University, Montreal,

1970 Work selected for National Crafts Museum, Charlottetown, 1967

List of Exhibitions and Donations:

Portrait of JBBC Executive Director Richard Gauntlet, 2010

Did private commissions for several clients, 2009

John Braithwaite Community Centre, Painting donated and installed in upstairs hallway, 2007

John Braithwaite Community Centre, Donated print to their Lolo Lounge fund raising event, 2007

Lupus Society, Donated work to two fund raising campaigns, 2005 and 2006

Zejak Ranch, Donated print for their fund raising campaign,2005

Vancouver Symphony, Donated two pieces of Art to their fund raising campaign, 2004

CIPA Group show, New Westminster Library, 2003

CIPA Show, West Vancouver Ferry Building Gallery, 2003

CIPA Exhibition, Coquitlam Art Centre, 2002

Group Show, North Vancouver Community Art Gallery, 2001

Portrait Commission, President of Norpac Controls, 2000

Private One Man Show, “New Directions”, 1998

Group Show, Ferry Building, West Vancouver, 1995

Group Show, Or Gallery, Vancouver, 1995

Group Exhibition, Silk Purse Gallery, West Vancouver, 1991

Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver, 1991

One Man Exhibition, Hole in the Wall Gallery, Whistler BC, 1991

North Shore Art Walk, North Vancouver BC, 1990

Two Man Exhibition, Watercolours, North Vancouver, 1989

Seymour Art Gallery, Three man watercolour exhibition, 1989

Group Show, Harrison Galleries, Vancouver, 1986

Federation of Canadian Artists, Watercolour show, 1985

Two Man Exhibition, Watercolours, North Vancouver, 1985

Sculpture Show, Western Institute for the Deaf, Vancouver, 1974

Graduate Exhibition, Sir George Williams University, 1970

Montreal World’s Fair, Pottery Exhibition, 1967