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"New Jersey artist Neal Hughes uses his considerable artistic skills as an act of celebration and testament, and he is rewarded with inspiration that helps him make creative decisions that elevate his oil landscapes."
M. Stephen Doherty, Editor, American Artist Magazine.


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 Best Plein Air painting December/January 2016 Plein Air Salon,  Artists Choice Award - Door County Plein Air Festival 2017, First Place - Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival 2017, Second Place - Cape Ann Plein Air 2017, Best Nocturne - Solomons Island Plein Air Festival 2017, Third Place - Lighthouse Plein Air Festival 2017, 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, First Place - Bath County Plein Air Festival 2015, First Place quick draw - Plein Air Easton 2015, Best Use of Light – Easels in Frederick 2015, Wayne Art Center Award – Wayne Art Center Plein Air Festival 2015, First Place – Lighthouse Art Center Plein Air Festival 2015.

Other awards include an Award of Excellence from Oil Painters of America at the 2012 Eastern Regional Exhibition, the Maritime Gallery Yachting Award and Awards of Excellence (2006 and 2013) at the prestigious International Marine Art Exhibition at the Gallery at Mystic Seaport. He was also awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the Fourteenth Annual Art of the Portrait Conference by the Portrait Society of America. 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.

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.


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2017 Events:

March 7 - 12 Lighthouse Plein Air Festival, Tequesta, FL

March 11 - 25 Impressions: Small Works Showcase, American Impressionist Society

March 14 One man show - Hughes Gallery, Boca Grande, FL

May 7 -13 Wayne Plein Air Festival, Wayne, PA

June 4 - 11 Paint Annapolis, Annapolis, MD

June 18 -25 Plein Air Richmond, Richmond, VA

July 13 - 22 Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD

July 23 - 29 Door County Plein Air Festival, Door County, WI

September 18 - 24 Solomons Island Plein Air Festival, Solomons, MD

Oct 2 - 8 Bath County Plein Air Festival, Warm Springs, VA

Oct 8 - 16 Cape Anne Plein Air, Rockport, MA


2016 Events:

February 6 - Chadds Ford Plein air

February 13 - Workshop - The Willingboro Art Alliance

February 20 - Behind the Canvas demo and talk - The Maritime Gallery At Mystic Seaport

March 10 - 13 Lighthouse Plein Air, Tequesta, FL

March 15 - Solo show opening, Hughes Gallery, Boca Grande, FL

May 9 -15 - Wayne Art Center 10th Annual Plein Air Festival

May 30 - June 5 - Paint Annapolis

June 7 -12 - Mountain Maryland Plein Air

June 13 -18 - Easels in Frederick

June 18 -26 - Plein Air Richmond

July 9 - 17 - Plein Air Easton, Easton, MD

August 12 - 27 - Plein Air Rockies

September 12 - 18 - Solomons Island Plein Air

September 8 - Demo - National Marine Art Conference, Williamsburg, VA

September 28 - October 29 National Juried Exhibition - American Impressionist Society

October 3 - 9 - Bath County Plein Air

October 10 - 16 Cape Ann Plein Air

October 23 - 30 - En Plein Air Texas




Recent Exhibits and Events:

Plein Air Rockies 2016
Estes Park, CO
August, 2016

Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2016
Allegany Arts Council
Cumberland, MD

Plein Air Salon Competition
Plein Air Magazine

Cape Ann Plein Air
Cape Ann, MA

Bath County Plein Air Festival 2016
Warm Springs, VA

37th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition
The Maritime Gallery At Mystic Seaport

Solomons Island Plein Air 2016
Solomons Island, MD

Paint Annapolis Plein Air 2016
Annapolis, MD

Plein Air Easton 2016
Easton, MD
July 2016

Plein Air Richmond 2016
Richmond, VA

Wayne Plein Air Festival 2016
Wayne, PA

En Plein Air Texas 2016
San Angelo, TX

One Man Show
Hughes Gallery, Boca Grande, FL
March 2016

Featured in Plein Air Magazine
November 2015 issue

Bath County Plein Air Festival
Warm Springs, VA
October 2015

Honorable Mention Award
Oil Painters Of America Juried Salon Show

Beverly McNeil Gallery
Birmingham AL
October 8 - November 5, 2015

3 Awards:
Luc Herbots Memorial Award, 2nd Place -
Sunset Quick Draw, Best Car Award - Paint the town for a Cause
Solomons Plein Air Festival
Solomons Island, MD
September 15 - 20, 2015

1st Place Quick Draw Competition
Plein Air Easton
Easton Maryland
July 2015

Best Use Of Light Award
Easels In Frederick
Frederick, MD

June 2015

Wayne Art Center Award
Wayne Art Center 9th Annual Plein Air Festival
Wayne, PA
May 2015

1st Place Award
2nd Annual Plein Air Festival

Lighthouse Art Center
Tequesta, FL
March 12-15, 2015




Plein Air Magazine November 2015

American Artist Magazine February 2010
Cover                                Article

The Artists Magazine

ASMA(American Society of Marine Artists) News and Journal

Marine Art Quarterly


A Mothers Rest by Cornelius Hughes
18x24   Oil

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