Now, really.  How many artists have a classic, wood burning fireplace in their studio?  Show of hands?  Thought so.  Well, this gentleman does and it seems so fitting in this traditional, custom designed space a few dozen feet behind his Green Hills home.  Michael Shane Neal, in so many respects, honors the long line of portraitists that have come before him.  From the warm wood used for the cabinets, trim and floor, to paintings of other admired artists, even to Shane’s preferred work dress (he’s worn a necktie and smock while painting for the past 15 years....), this space is designed to respect the profession.  It is filled with easels, palettes, paint, works in progress, sketches, studies, books, and mementos - souvenirs from Shane’s travels, gifts from clients, an old typewriter.  The kitchen, comfortable chairs, and rich smell of the ubiquitous dark wood welcome and relax client and visitor alike.  That good light from the north floods the workspace through a huge window sized with the 16 foot ceiling in mind.  A good place to create?  Yes, without a doubt, but I could live here....

From the artist:  “I have clients posing in the studio regularly engaged in creating an image that, may ultimately, be how they are remembered. It's a big responsibility and one I take seriously.”

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