Trained at Glasgow School of Art in the very early 60ís, Don then taught for 30 years (24 as a Principal) before taking early retirement to concentrate on his own painting. He regularly exhibits throughout the world in places like Miami, New York, Tokyo, Dortmund, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin. Donís work is sought after by hotels and companies.
ďMy own work is about feeling more than anything else. I am awe inspired by the power and might of nature. I prefer to paint outside starting and finishing the painting in one sitting alla prima. Quote from Marshall Andersonís article in Arts Review 1999. By setting himself time limit McNeilís outdoor paintings seek to bring about an emotional charge and expression of being Scottish through physical gesture. Within 45 minutes he wants to capture the moment, along with all its implications, to the potential buyers.