Neal Philpott


My landscapes are an attempt to capture the transitory character of the natural world. I paint landscape as a way to preserve or recall a particular scene that I would otherwise pass by. I love how light can animate even the most ordinary scene, and I hope to express that quiet joy by creating a lasting impression of that moment on canvas.

I look for the overlapping patterns in nature for my subjects. Often these are more sensed than seen—it takes careful observation of the nuanced colors and the multitude of details to discover the inherent composition in a landscape.

Once these patterns reveal themselves, I interpret them with oil paint. It begins with the careful choosing and mixing of colors while being sensitive to values and color temperatures. These are then applied to the canvas in layers using purposeful brush strokes. Selective glazing is then used to add depth. My satisfaction with a painting comes from how well the distillation of the information I saw in a scene comes together to capture the mood.

My hope for viewers is that they feel invited into the painting. I like to think of my paintings as gateways into a different way of seeing our world. Our busy lives demand so much of our attention that moments of reflection are precious but all too often are overlooked. Capturing a momentary scene in paint saves that moment for subsequent reflection.

View Philpott’s paintings.


Northwestern Landscapes

Represented by:

Sugarman-Peterson Gallery

Roby King Galleries

Kneeland Gallery

Gallery 903

Lawrence Gallery

Vertical Peaks Fine Art

Upcoming Shows:

Roby King Galleries

July 2012

Lawrence Gallery

October 2012


Neal was featured in the December issue of American Art Collector:

Small Works AAC Dec. 2011.pdf

Read about Neal’s work in the August 2011 edition of American Art Collector: