Neil was born and raised in Southeast Michigan. He graduated from Art Center College of design in 1966 and had a career designing cars for Chrysler Corporation. In the mid ’70’s he explored fine arts watercolor painting and was represented by several galleries but career pressures led him to put a hold on this until retirement in 1999.
Since retirement he has developed a second career as an artist working primarily “en plein air”. In the 21 years since he retired, Neil has completed over 1,000 paintings and has entered many plein air events winning over 40 awards. He has taught over 20 painting workshops and has led groups of artists on several international painting trips. He has also put together several books on painting as well as illustrating two children books written by his daughter, Kimberly Taylor.