When Neil Sulier paints a painting, he doesn’t just slap some paint on a canvas, he puts his soul into it. As you can tell from looking at the paintings, Neil Sulier is very talented and he loves what he does. If you have any comments, feel free to comment on the art pieces. If you have any questions, you can contact Neil Sulier here.
“The purpose of my art is to capture the spirit and excitement of the event, whether real or imaginary.” Neil Sulier, a native of Kentucky, has traveled extensively around the world. His watercolor paintings are impressionistic. Many corporate and private collections have acquired his paintings.
Sulier, a 1960 graduate of UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, has created water colors and mixed media paintings as a serious hobby since 1979. Sulier, a Lexington native, is primarily a self-taught artist, occasionally attending workshops with noted working artists from around the country. He pursued the hobby in his spare time throughout his career with the family business, Sulier Insurance. He continued to paint after his retirement from the insurance business in 1987 and opened an event photography business. He also is a part-time inventor, first launched with the development of a gardening tool called the Weed Bandit. But painting is his first love. Sulier said he has no favorite subject matter, and his landscapes range from ocean scenes to heavily wooded images. He paints from his imagination, taking weeks or months to finish a particular piece. He always has several paintings in progress so he can hop from one image to another when he feels the inspiration. Many of his renderings lean toward the abstract with a dash of impressionistic realism, and some have a decidedly oriental flair. When he wants a change of pace, he turns to his inventions.
“Everyday I’m working on something,” Sulier said.
He began painting watercolors almost on a whim and not because he felt a particular talent with the brush.
“I just started,” he said. “But I didn’t have any expectations. I used to go to a lot of the art shows and bought a lot of art – not expensive art – but I always supported the art shows around Lexington. I was also the president of the Lexington Art League when we had our first official location, the studio and gallery in the Woodhill Shopping Center before Loudon House.”
In addition to the Lexington Art League, Sulier is a member of the Kentucky Watercolor Society and Kentucky Professional Photographers Association.
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