Neal Slaten was born, raised and currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri where he has been painting on and off for the last 50+ years.  Neal is mainly a self-taught representational artist with interest in Plein-Air Landscapes, Portraits and the occasional Still-Life.

Although Neal has logged many years as a Professional Engineer, art has always been part of his life.  Neal’s formal art training includes coursework in drawing and figure painting at Meramec Community College along with participation in several workshops and short courses including workshops with Kevin McPherson, Billyo O’Donnell and Allen Kriegshauser.  Neal’s educational process continues to this day.  Living in St. Louis affords him access to contemporary galleries, museums and contacts with fellow professional artists.

Neal was elected to membership in the Art Section of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild  and the Oil Painters of America and is also a current member of the American Impressionist Society and the Portrait Society of America.  Neal is an award-winning artist who has exhibited at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild and at other sponsored exhibits including Chesterfield Arts, Foundry Art Center, Annual Augusta Plein-Air Event and West County Artists’ Association.