My aim is to create deeply personal work that speaks about the soul of America. Although there is an aspect of cultural anthropology in my work, I have to experience a profound personal connection with my subject. That connection can be as intrinsic as a part of my personal history or it can be an emotional response to a particular scene. This emotional response is what I try to convey through my paintings. I’m seeking to evoke a certain mood through the limitations of paint and my style of realism.
My painting Sands Motel, oil on linen, 46 x 30, was one of 47 pieces selected for the exhibition from over 500 international submissions. The show opened July 6th and will be on view until October 20, 2018.
Jeff Neumann with his award winning painting Sands Motel at Alexandria Museum of Art