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Lumen * Aqua * Terra
"I paint the places I love to be. I paint the freshness of eternal nature, icy lucid streams, thunderous waterfalls, and soaring granite crests over silent lakes. I paint the descriptions of John Muir, the echoes of Ansel Adams, the American West of Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran. I paint luminosity filtering through the landscape, reaching to the foundation of a stream, bouncing off rocks, and illuminating the shadows.
Using oil and acrylic, painting realistically is merely my means to an end. I want the viewer to connect with the places I love to be. I hope the observer will want to walk right into my painting and maybe even drop a line in the water to catch a trout.
My published works include both “plein air” and studio paintings,
which helps me translate the dynamic experience of the moment and communicate
in a more personal way of what I am trying to say.."
Light * Water * Earth
Donald Neff’s art is a product of his love for nature and the outdoors. Working in both Oils and Acrylic Polymer, Neff’s work reflects a colorful realism of the land he travels. His paintings are typically centered around a water theme, whether High Sierra scenes, seascapes, or the graceful countryside. Donald is completely self-instructed and his paintings convey a realistic perception of nature.
Although drawing and art have been steady interests since he was a child, Donald's concentration in painting surfaced after college graduation and his establishment in a successful computer science career. What began as a pastime pleasure quickly became a compulsion.
Donald is an Oregon native and spent childhood years in Pasadena, California and Eastern Texas. After moving to the San Francisco area in the late 70’s, Donald founded and eventually sold a successful computer software company. Donald retired from his computer science career to devote full time to his art. He still lives and paints in the San Francisco Bay area.
Donald's work is shown in galleries, institutional, and private collections throughout the United States. He has had one man shows at such institutions as the Santa Clara County Public Lobby, Carnegie Museum in Oxnard, California, and Ambassador Gallery in Pasadena California. He has shown at the Salmungundi Club in New York, Yosemite Valley Museum, and won first place in statewide exhibitions in California. His work has been a finalist in the prestigious Arts for the Parks 'Mini-Fifty' and the Top 200 competition in Jackson, Wyoming. His work has been shown in a number of US Embassies abroad.
Donald has two books published about his work, "Plein Tahoe", and "The Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley".
Donald has been featured in several television broadcasts, NBC Bay Area news, Silicon Valley Technology, Art, Green, Sustainability (2016) and Silicon Valley Business Report(1998) in which his art was the focal point. He is also featured in the book, 'How did you paint That? 100 ways to paint Seascapes, Rivers, & Lakes.'. Donald has also been listed in ''Who's Who in America'', ''Who's Who Worldwide'', and 'Who''s Who in the West''.
He has also been featured in Plein Air Magazine and served for several years as Faculty/Demonstrator at the annual Plein Air Art Convention.
2015,2016 "The Creeks and Rivers of Silicon Valley"
2009, 2008, 2006, 2016 James Harold Galleries, Tahoe City, CA
Selected Group Shows:
2006-2018, Carmel Art Festival
2017 Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence, Carmel Art Festival
2003 2002 Guidebook of Western Artists
2018 NBC Bay Area News
2016 Silicon Valley TAGS
1998 Featured on "Silicon Valley Business Report" Click here to see the feature.
Past Gallery Representation and shows:
1978-1981 Kelley's Gallery of Fine Art, Solvang, CA
1979-1981 Thomas Gallery, Lake Tahoe, CA
1981-1984 Conquistador Gallery, Taos, NM
1981-1981 Bent Tree Gallery, Dallas, TX
1981-1983 Roughton Galleries, Dallas, TX
1981-1983 Sanders Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1981-1983 Southwest Galleries, Houston, TX
2013 Faculty/Demonstrator 2nd Annual Plein Air Convention
US State Department, US Embassies in Mauritania, Nigeria, and Barbados
Who's Who in America (2003 Edition)
Who's Who Worldwide
Who's Who in the West
Society of Western Artists
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