ainsley photoModern paintings using traditional methods of the old masters Ainsley McNeely A native of Alabama, artist Ainsley McNeely has drawn and painted all her life. A student of the works of the old masters and the great artists of the 1800’s, she originally worked primarily in watercolor and graphite then expanded into oil, pen & ink, pastel, sculpture and more recently casein, frequently mixing media to achieve the desired effect. Her oils incorporate a Victorian color palette, giving them a distinctive feel compared to the contemporary colors used by other artists. Her pastels are done on a handmade paper with a unique almost leather-like appearance, giving them an antique flavor. Best known to the public for the series of colorful posters she designed for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, A.D.E.C.A. and others, her work can be seen in museums, galleries, private & corporate collections in North America, Europe, and Australia. Ainsley’s wildlife paintings, sporting art, historical paintings, portraits, figure work and miniatures appear in shows throughout the U.S., winning awards in many competitions including the World Wildlife Art Festival, The Art Show at the Dog Show, The Grand National Art Contest, The Miniature Art Society of Florida Show, The Miniature Painters, Sculptors, & Gravers Society of Washington D.C. Show, The Alabama Flora & Fauna Art Show, the Louisiana Wildfowl Festival, and the Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society Show. She also had paintings selected for inclusion in the Sumi-e Society of America Show and the Forgotten Coast Best of the Quickdraw plein air show. Her pastel Male Kestrel was on the cover of Alabama Wildlife Magazine in 2012 . Ainsley also has art featured in the book Painted Sky: 106 Artists of the Rocky Mountain West. She designed the 2001-2002 Alabama Duck Stamp, and served several years as president of the Alabama Miniature Art Society. Ainsley has always loved the outdoors and much of her time is spent in the field studying, painting and photographing her subjects (her figure work is usually drawn from a live model in the studio). She enjoys the challenge of capturing the beauty, energy, and emotion of the natural world as well as the people & animals who inhabit it. In the 1990s Ainsley went to the Wyoming/Montana area to paint and liked it so much she bought property and began designing a new studio, adding western scenes & subjects to her repertoire. She represented the United States in an artist exchange with eastern Europe and did a series of paintings from her experiences there. Recent trips to Turkey, Morocco & Spain also provided subjects for many new works, and recently, after realizing that many people knew little of the history of the South or the many tribes who live there, Ainsley embarked on an ongoing project of painting historical scenes of the everyday people our southern past. Her historical paintings were featured in a two page article in the magazine Art Galleries & Artists of the South (vol 10, issue 2). Ainsley also gives presentations to various art, conservation and business groups and occasionally teaches workshops. She holds a B.A. in studio art from Florida State University and a master’s degree from the University of South Alabama. Ainsley's Art Works