From private homes to corporate buildings, premier portrait painter, Brian Neher, has captured the likenesses of clients of all ages. His work has been shown at the Portrait Institute in Manhattan, N.Y., and has been featured in several major art publications, including American Artist magazine, Portrait and Figure Painting Highlights magazine, Artists on Art online magazine and Charlotte magazine. He has received recognition in the National Portrait Competition as well as the West Coast Society of Portrait Painters. He has appeared on national public television as a guest on the magazine format show Paint!, Paint!, Paint!.
Born in Alexandria, Virginia in 1972, Brian began drawing at the age of three. Through the encouragement and example of his grandmother, a commercial artist herself, he knew at an early age that he wanted to pursue an art career. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida, where he also worked as an illustrator for A BEKA BOOKS. It was there that he had the opportunity to study under Brian Jekel, an accomplished painter who would greatly impact his life. “By introducing me to the Old Masters of the late nineteenth century, Brian Jekel set into motion a series of events and study that would forever direct my course as an artist.”
Brian has had the unique and rare opportunity to study under one of America’s finest painters, renowned portraitist, Joe Bowler. “Through critiques, demonstrations, encouragement, and the constant study of the Old Masters, Joe gave me an early start on what true painting is all about. Much of the progress which I have made as a painter has been a direct result of being under his guidance. I hope to someday be able to give back to others what Joe has given to me.”
With the desire to help others reach their own artistic goals, Brian founded the international You be the Judge art contest. The purpose of the event is to help promote representational art while educating and inspiring other artists by giving them an opportunity to showcase their work and a chance to win a Grand Prize worth over $10,000. Past sponsors have included some of today’s most well known representational artists, book publishers and art supply companies and manufacturers. Viewers are encouraged to participate throughout the duration of the contest by voting for their favorite works of art, ultimately deciding who the Grand Prize winner will be.
Brian has also developed the Neher Signature Training Series. This set of instructional courses for artists focuses on teaching the foundational principles of representational art by demonstrating how each one can be applied directly to the art of painting.
Today, Brian resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, Jacquie and their two daughters, Brooke and Casey. Above all, Brian thanks the Lord for the talent which He has given to him and for the opportunity to use those creative skills for His glory.