Carol Neal’s interest in the Visual Arts began in early childhood. This journey for artistic perfection was fueled by the awards and encouragement she received from teachers and others close to her. Her kindergarten teacher at Wendell Phillips Elementary School was the first mentor of her artistic ability. This laid the foundation for her educational training in drawing and painting and her desire for continuous educational pursuits at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and from Ohio State University at Columbus where she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Eduction.
She taught art in the Chicago Public School system where she inspired talented young students to pursue their ambitions. This led her to expand her horizons and incorporate photography as a media of expression. She was intrigued with the camera’s ability to capture and freeze moments of time. Her first intended use of the camera was the same as Norman Rockwell; to photograph scenes and later paint them. Carol’s love of the camera has completely consumed her art interest; but, she has resumed painting the art she is experiencing with her camera.
Carol's desire to perfect her photography skills led her to return to school. She enrolled in Columbia College Chicago School of Photography and in June 2000, was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography.
Her photographic work include assignments for United Airlines, The Chicago Urban Leaguers, and StreetWise Newspaper, and has worked with The Edward Fox Photography Studio of Chicago. Carol has had solo exhibits and has won awards for her photographs. She appreciated the opportunity the camera offers her to see life and use her personal interpretation and skills to put that experience on canvas. She admires the work of Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, Wayne F. Miller, and Diane Arbus.
“My Desire is to Share with Others,
What I see with My Eyes, Capture through
the lens of My Camera, and Express with My Brush.”