“Real appreciators of art know that the ‘source’ is irrelevant, it’s the execution that matters” –Richard Hell
Neal Breton, a New Hampshire native, has been a professional artist for twenty years. He studied painting at Pasadena City College under Douglas Bond, a successful and published artist known for his realistic representations.
NEAL’S ARTIST STATEMENT:
One time in kindergarten I was assigned crayons and a piece of cardboard. “Draw something and we will cut it out for you”. Others made jets, fire trucks and race cars. I made an abstract construct with asymmetrical lines jutting down out of sequential blocks of color. “What am I supposed to cut out?” The teacher said. I didn’t know. This was my first lesson in the practical side of art.
In fourth grade, for Halloween, the class was to make black cats out of construction paper and glue. We were to follow a pattern. I noticed upon the day they were put up that my cat was not included. “Look at your cat, it is poorly cut, and you can see all the glue”, my teacher said, “that’s why I didn’t put it up with all the others”. This was my lesson in craftsmanship.
In college, my professor chose to show my first series of work in the display case outside the art department. “Oh, how horrible!” exclaimed an older woman, passing by. This was my first lesson in art appreciation.