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.