United States of America
Ever since I was a little girl I loved to create artwork. I always had a crayon in my hand drawing on paper and a few walls too. My love for art began in elementary school when I won my first drawing contest about Smoky the Bear. Multiple art classes and years later, I found my love for painting in high school. During my senior year of High school, I won a gold key in the Mid South Scholastic awards for a painted portrait of myself. I started getting scholarship offers from art schools, but decided that I wanted to be like my entrepreneurial grandfather and focus on business school. Although I didn't pursue an art-related degree, I continued my artwork through my college job at a paint your own pottery studio in Memphis where I taught canvas/pottery painting classes to children and adults.
Around Christmas 2013, I decided to paint a portrait of my friend's dog who recently passed away. I wanted to give them something to remind them of their beloved family pet. When they received their painting, the whole room was filled with happy tears. The portrait was posted on social media, and orders started coming in fast. That was the beginning of Art by Neely and my mission to bring people joy with my artwork.
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