Guild of Papermakers
National Association of American Pen
(President of Chester County Branch)
Chester County Branch NLAPW
Artist Equity, Philadelphia Chapter
Macintosh Business Users of Philadelphia (Board member)
Macs@PACS computer group, President
Bachelors of Education in Elementary & Library Science
Masters degree in Library/Media
145+ advanced credits in curriculum development and computers
Media specialist for 34 years in a middle school
Member of Delta Kappa Gamma (outstanding women educators)
Member of Tri-State book reviewing program for 40+ years
Guest speaker for Pa. Dept of Ed. In 1983-84 on microcomputers and the media center
Computer programs (6) copyrighted and marketed for library/media skills
Member of the board of directors for Pa.Learning Resources Assoc. In charge of the microcomputer area for 1985 & 1986
Varsity lacrosse coach for 24 years. In 1987 linda received the bronze national high school coaching award
presented in cooperation with Scholastic Coach magazine and Franklin Life for superlative performance and dedication to the student athlete. This award recognized a career total of over 80 victories. Linda was one of two lacrosse coaches in Pa. And one of 17 women coaches to be honored in PA.
Philosophy (click here)
Bachelors in Elementary education with emphasis on art
Workshops: from various artists over the years
To name a few: Richard Bollinger, Dominic DiStefano, Sandra Giangiulio, Larry Kuzmin, and Carlton Plummer, etc.
Artists Equity(board of directors for 10 years)
American Watercolor Society associate member
Chester County Art Assoc.
Chester County Guild of craftsmen and Pa. Craft guild
Diamond Rock School Assoc.
International Guild of Miniature Artisans
Miniature Societies of Florida,Montana, new Jersey, Washington,D.C..
Pa. Society of Watercolor painters
Rittenhouse Square Art Association
Chester County Historical Society
Delta kappa gamma (outstanding women educators)
Main Line macintosh users group (board of directors)
Nea (national education assoc.)
Paect (Pa Assoc of Educational Communications & Technology)
MACS@PACS Philadelphia area computer society (President)
Radnor Historical Society(board of directors 10 yrs.)
Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society
T/E Historical Society
American cancer Society show
Artist Equity's Tricentennial at the Philadelphia Port of History
East Goshen Fidelity, Devon Fidelity, Lionville Fidelity, Meridan
Exton Commons Fidelity, PNC Financial
Brandywine Arts Festival(September) in delaware (28 years)
Cassatt Mansion Art show (various years)
Chester County Day show (various years)
Chester County Retarded Citizens show (over 14 years)
Christmas in miniature at Chadds Ford Gallery (
Galleries- various print signings & exhibits
Historic Yellow Springs (30+ years)
Hockessin Art Festival in Delaware
Immaculata College Art Show (14+ years)
Miniature shows in CO.,FL.,OH.,NJ.,WY.,NM. etc.
Papermill gallery show
Philadelphia Art show (benefits Children's Hospital) (7 years)
Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts show (15years)
Valley Forge Historical Society's miniature show (6 years)
Various juried shows throughout the U.S.
ARC'S CHRISTMAS CARD AND PRINT:(click icon to download full image)
Linda McNeil was the artist for the 22nd annual xmas card and print to benefit Assoc. for Retarded Citizens in southeast Pennsylvania. The program began in 1966 with the first card being done by Andrew Wyeth. Since that time many well known artisans such as Peter Sculthorpe, Dennis Minch, Richard Bollinger, Sandra Gianguilio, and others have taken up the brush to further the needs of the handicapped. The artists that participate do not receive any monetary rewards other than that of using their talents to aid those less fortunate than themselves.
Linda McNeil chose the site of the historic grist mill in the Great Valley as the topic of her work. This mill was an important part of the community in the colonial period. It was the site where local farmers brought their grain to be ground into flour. This practice continued right up to the end on the 20th century. Although the building is still beautifully maintained by its current owners, the mill stones and other workings were taken to the Smithsonian for preservation.
Linda took several years to narrow down her choice of sites. She was limited by the restrictions that it had to be a historic site in Chester County, Pennsylvania. It must also be a snow scene suitable for xmas cards and adaptable for a print. Naturally there must be some red and some green to bring the viewers right into the season. It was also noteworthy in that it was the artist's one thousandth painting.
The painting of the Great Valley mill is a full sheet watercolor. It was accompanied by a limited edition print of 500, notecards, and Xmas cards. The sale proceeds of these items will help fund the programs of the ARC of Chester County.
Linda carries this print in her portfolio with all proceeds directly benefiting ARC programs.
MY MAIN STUDIO CONSISTS OF TWO ROOMS. ONE ROOM IS A ART STUDIO/WORKSHOP, WHILE
THE OTHER ROOM IS DEDICATED TO MATTING, FRAMING AND PULLING MY
ETCHINGS. THE TWO AREAS ARE FILLED WITH SUCH ITEMS AS BIRCH BARK
LOGS, PRESSED FLOWERS, STUFFED WILDLIFE, PIECES OF BARNWOOD ,ETC
THAT SERVE AS REFERENCES IN MY PAINTINGS. I AM THE SOLE ARTISAN
IN THE STUDIO. I PAINT WITH WATERCOLORS AND ENGRAVE, ETCH, OR
DRYPOINT ALL OF THE PLATES MYSELF. EACH OF THE PRINTS ARE HAND
PULLED WITH METICULOUS CARE ON MY MASTER ETCHING PRESS.
MY ALTERNATE STUDIO IS MY VAN THAT PERIODICALLY TAKES JAUNTS AROUND
THE COUNTRYSIDE TO HELP ME TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS OR SKETCH THE HISTORIC
SITES. IT IS EQUIPPED FOR PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHING, AND TRANSPORTING
MY ARTWORK TO SHOWS.
RECENTLY, I HAVE BEEN FOCUSING ON AN OLD FASHIONED TECHNIQUE SIMILAR
TO THE OLD HAND COLORED BOTANICAL PRINTS.
ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS IN MY ARTWORK IS TO DECIDE WHICH ASPECT
OF NATURE I WANT TO DEPICT. THE SECOND STEP FOR ME IS TO DECIDE
WHETHER I WANT A WATERCOLOR OR AN ETCHING FOR THE END RESULT.
FLOWERS, WILDLIFE, AND HISTORICAL SITES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A SPECIAL
INSPIRATION TO ME. I LIKE TO GO AROUND PHOTOGRAPHING VARIOUS BOTANICALS,
WIDLIFE AND HISTORIC OR RURAL SITES WITH BLACK AND WHITE FILM.
I ALSO MAINTAIN OLD FASHIONED FLORAL GARDENS AS I REMEMBER FROM
MY GRANDMOTHER'S YARD. CURRENTLY I AM FOCUSING ON WILDFLOWERS
AND OLD STONE BUILDINGS.
IN CREATING MY PRINTS, I USE COPPER, ZINC, AND PLASTIC PLATES
AS THE BASE FOR MY PRINTS. WHEN THE PRINTS HAVE BEEN PULLED, I
THEN HAND COLOR THEM WITH WATERCOLORS (SOMETIMES ADDING GUM ARABIC
TO THEM TO GIVE THEM THE OLD FASHIONED LOOK). THE BLEND OF THE
TWO MEDIA THAT WAS STARTED BY EARLY PRINT MAKERS IS UNUSUAL AND
UNIQUE IN PRESENTING A PRODUCT THAT HAS A CERTAIN ETHERAL QUALITY
RECENTLY, I HAVE BEEN INCORPORATING THE TECHNIQUE OF EMBOSSING
ALONG WITH MY WATERCOLORS AND ETCHINGS. THE ANCIENT CUSTOM OF
HORSES WEARING BRASSES ON THEIR HARNESSES TO DEPICT VARIOUS THINGS
HAS PROVIDED ME WITH MANY UNUSUAL AND INTERSTING DESIGNS. I TAKE
THESE HORSE BRASSES AND EMBOSS THEM WITH SPECIAL HANDMADE PAPER.
THEY ARE THEN COMBINED WITH AN ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR, MATTED AND
FRAMED. THE RESULTING ARTWORK IS UNUSUAL AND UNIQUE. I ALSO ATTEMPT
TO PRESERVE OTHER AREAS SUCH AS THE SEASHORE IN THIS MANNER.