The Art and Life of David Neil Mack

David Neil Mack, A.W.S.

David Neil Mack

Although I have been an artist ever since I can remember, my first formal art instruction took place at Central Catholic High School where I was fortunate to have a great art teacher. Sister Mary Genevieve taught us the many facets of art. Many of her students went on to become professional artists. Armed with this solid foundation, I continued to develop my skills in all media at Bowling Green State University. Exposed to different philosophies of art by my fellow students and art history, I began to focus on my own approach simply to portray the world in a realistic yet unique way.

Following graduation with a B.F.A degree, I took additional post-graduate painting courses at The University of Toledo. After a short stint in commercial art, I was drafted into the United States Army. Stationed in Korea, I derived a wealth of material for paintings, and the resulting Korean Series completely sold out.

Shortly after my discharge, I was honored with a Gallery Eight One Man Show at the Toledo Museum of Art and sold most of the available paintings. About the same time, I met and married my wife, Jane. All three of our children, Jennifer, Matt and Alex, have a creative side. Encouraged to enter the American Watercolor Society Annual, I was accepted on the first submission. Three more Annuals would follow, culminating in two awards - the American Watercolor Society Certificate of Merit for Painting and the Grumbacher Award of Merit for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts - for the painting, Weathered Relics.

Although I am painting full time now, I feel my years in commercial art with demands for specific results has only sharpened my skills especially in the area of ink and pencil drawing. However, if I had to pick one medium, I would choose watercolor. Although it is the most challenging, it is also the most versatile.