Donald Neff’s art is a product of his love for nature and the outdoors. Working in both Oils and Acrylic Polymer, Neff’s work reflects a colorful realism of the land he travels. His paintings are typically centered around a water theme, whether High Sierra scenes, seascapes, or the graceful countryside. Donald is completely self-instructed and his paintings convey a realistic perception of nature.
Although drawing and art have been steady interests since he was a child, Donald’s concentration in painting surfaced after college graduation and his establishment in a successful computer science career. What began as a pastime pleasure quickly became a compulsion.
Donald is an Oregon native and spent childhood years in Pasadena, California and Eastern Texas. After moving to the San Francisco area in the late 70’s, Donald founded and eventually sold a successful computer software company. Donald retired from his computer science career to devote full time to his art. He still lives and paints in the San Francisco Bay area.
Donald’s work is shown in galleries, institutional, and private collections throughout the United States. He has had one man shows at such institutions as the Carnegie Museum in Oxnard, California, and Ambassador Gallery in Pasadena California. He has shown at the Salmungundi Club in New York, Yosemite Valley Visitors Center, and won first place in statewide exhibitions in California. His work has been a finalist in the prestigious Arts for the Parks “Mini-Fifty” and the Top 200 competition in Jackson, Wyoming. He was a Faculty/Demonstrator 2nd Annual Plein Air Convention, and also published in the Dec/Jan 2012 issue of Plein Air Magazine.
Donald was featured on the television broadcast, Silicon Valley Business Report in which his art was the focal point. He is also featured in the book, “How did you paint That? 100 ways to paint Seascapes, Rivers, & Lakes.”. Donald has also been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Worldwide, and’Who’s Who in the West.