Moorestown , NJ
Neal Hughes is a graduate of The Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and resides in the historic town of Moorestown , New Jersey .
A former illustrator, Neal has been painting professionally for over 30 years. His work has been accepted into many local and national juried exhibitions such as the American Impressionist Society National Exhibition and Oil Painters of America National and Regional Exhibitions. His work has also been juried into the International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport, the ARC Salon and the National Exhibition of The American Society of Marine Artists.
Plein air painting awards include including First Place and Artists Choice Award - Cape Ann Plein Air 2018, Artists Choice and Award of Distinction - En Plein Air Texas 2018,First Place - Lighthouse Art Center Plein Air Festival 2018, Artists Choice Award - Door County Plein Air Festival 2017, First Place - Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival 2017, Second Place - Cape Ann Plein Air Festival 2017, Best Nocturne - Solomons Island Plein Air Festival 2017, Third Place - Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2017, Best Plein Air painting December/January 2016 Plein Air Salon,First Place and Artists Choice Award - Plein Air Rockies 2016, Second Place - Cape Ann Plein Air 2016, Artists Choice Award - Mountain Maryland Plein Air Festival 2016, Sourc Tek Award - Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival 2016. He was also awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the Fourteenth Annual Art of the Portrait Conference by the Portrait Society of America.
Neal was elected a “Fellow” of the American Society of Marine Artists and is also a member of the Salmagundi Club in NY, the American Impressionist Society and the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.
In addition, Neal was the grand prize winner of the Utrecht 60th Anniversary Art Competition, winning the top prize out of over 12,000 entries and his work has been featured in Plein Air Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, American Artist Magazine and other publications.