A severe bout of Lyme Disease (contracted in the field while photographing wildlife) interrupted her career but with practice & patience she rebuilt her skills. The illness did not dampen her enthusiasm for the wild! Her reference material for historical pieces is primarily gathered by photographing costumed models & re-enactments throughout the country; her figure work is usually drawn from a live model in the studio. She particularly enjoys the challenge of capturing the beauty, energy, and emotion of the natural world as well as the people & animals who inhabit it, both now and in the past.
In the 1990s Ainsley went to the Wyoming/Montana area to paint and liked it so much she bought property and began designing a new studio, adding western scenes & subjects to her repertoire. She represented the United States in an artist exchange with eastern Europe (3 American artists were sent there, 3 artists were sent from Slovakia to the US) and did a series of paintings from her many experiences there. The History Museum of Mobile incorporated her paintings with some of their artifacts in a show in their gallery and she was the lead artist in the southern history show "Looking Back". Ainsley also gives demonstrations and presentations to various art, conservation and business groups and occasionally teaches workshops. She holds a B.A. in studio art from Florida State University and a master’s degree from the University of South Alabama.
You can buy Ainsley's prints at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/ainsley-mcneely.html Her wildlife originals are available through http://www.originalbirdart.com/ainsley-mcneely
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