Vicki Neilon has been an artist since she was old enough to pick up a brush. Currently retired from teaching, she focuses on painting and her grandchildren. She has lived on Ocean Isle Beach for 20 years with her husband, Terry. Originally from West Chester, PA, she and her family moved several times with the Army before finally settling down on Ocean Isle Beach. During her many moves, she took the opportunity to learn from many masters in the arts. While in Japan, she was honored to do the illustrations for the Camp Zama cookbook. After moving to Ocean Isle Beach, she created a t-shirt design for an island Trash Bash. In 2015 she was honored by being the Wine Label Contest winner for the Winefest at Museum of Coastal Carolina on Ocean Isle Beach. Her winning image was seen on a billboard near Ocean Isle Beach! Recently the gallery at The museum of Coastal Carolina featured Vicki in a one person show.
In retirement, she began entering art contests and won two honorable mentions for her work- one in the Waterway Art Association’s 22nd annual Art Exhibit for “Mom’s Favorite” and another in the Southport Spring Art Show for “Autumn in the City.” Other recent awards in 2015 were a merit award in the Waterway Art Association Spring show. In 2016 she was awarded another merit award in the juried Southeastern Regional show held at Southport and an honorable mention in the Waterway Art Association spring show. Her most recent award this past year was a third place at the Oak Island Show. For the past three years of entering, Vicki has been juried into the Summer Regional Shows each time. An honor in itself!! She is a member, soon to be vice president of the Waterway Art Association, Associated Artist of Southport, Oak Island Artist Guild, Brunswick Art Council and Seacoast Art Guild. And a happy new exhibitor at Sunset River Marketplace!
She always signs her artwork with a hummingbird next to her name in honor of a hummingbird who got trapped in her house as she was painting with her door opened!