Fawn McNeil-Barr

Okeechobee Artist Fawn McNeil Barr
November 24, 2019 - January 10, 2020
About the Artist

Wildlife and nature artist, Fawn McNeill Barr, celebrates creation through her truly original paintings. Her works are created from her own sketches, photos and memories.  They are free-handed and not photocopied or digitally reproduced before painting them.

She creates a variety of subjects in various styles and mediums. Her focus usually includes bold colors and textures.  Her most recent series of mixed media includes found objects and hand sculpted clay objects.

Many of Fawn’s paintings contain a story, a message or hidden elements within them. For example, she may add animals that blend into their surroundings or angels hiding in the clouds.

Fawn traveled extensively throughout the United States, including the pacific islands of Hawaii and Guam, where she was a foster child for a few years as a teenager. She lived with her grandmother in Libby, Montana off and on throughout her childhood and also for the beginning of her young adult life.  She finally settled in Okeechobee to raise a family and has been here for 36 years.

Fawn was twelve when she began to pursue her creative endeavors seriously. She worked as a self-taught artist for many years, creating animal portraits, homesteads or favorite vistas for her clients.  She also taught art classes in galleries and private schools before earning her college degree. When her boys (Wm Zachary Jenkins and Kyle Jenkins) were teenagers, she went back to school and earned her BFA with a major in studio arts.  She supplemented her course work with educational components at Florida Atlantic University, and also earned her teaching certification from the state of Florida.

  Fawn taught art in the public schools for a few years before opening her own art gallery and teaching studio (Fawn’s Art Studio).  She is a member of the Plein Air Painters Society of the Treasure Coast and the Wellington Art Association.

Using her maiden name as her pen name on her art, Fawn honors her father, Thomas McNeill, who died before she turned 3 while he served in the United States Coast Guard.  She also signs her name with a dove to thank the Lord for helping her through the storms of life.  (The dove is symbolic for the Holy Spirit.)

Artist Reception

Exhibit Reviews

Beautiful Work and great detail- Dowling Watford
Lovely! Lovely- Melissa Arnold
Beautiful and I love it!- Epenesa Conejo
So much talent! - Mary Miller
Amazing, Thank you for sharing. - Joe Arnold
Amazing as always- Maureen Burroughs
Very special exhibit. -  Egretta Wells
Amazing! - Visiting from Colorado - Cylest S.
Absolutely beautiful. I can almost see them breathing! -  Marty Mills