Neal Hughes' paintings are rooted in the American realist tradition as defined by artists such as Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth. Striving to create work that is imbued with emotion and divine inspiration he is an exceptional technician with a luminous palette and profound aesthetic sensibility. Interested in art from an early age, Neal first started painting when he took art lessons in grade school. He went on to graduate from the Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and his work is included in numerous private and corporate collections. He has also completed major commissions for the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team and The National Civil War Museum. He has also won numerous awards, including the Maritime Gallery Yachting Award and an Award of Excellence at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He was also the grand prize winner in the Utrecht 60th Anniversary Art Competition, winning the top prize out of over 12,000 entries.