About Me

Hi World!

I'M neal,

I have been called the “Norman Rockwell of Sports Artists”, I am currently the owner/artist at Portnoy Gallery in Las Vegas, as well as the former Illustrator for the Las Vegas Review Journal.   

 Over my art career, I have been commissioned by corporate and private clients in the sports, public and entertainment marketplace.  I have created over 500 College sports programs and media guide covers for a variety of NCAA schools including UNLV, Michigan State, Virginia, UMass, UCLA, Wake Forest, Washington, Yale, and many more.  I have created limited edition commemoratives for Michigan State, ECAC, and honored to have created NCAA National Men’s Hockey lithographs for Yale University and Union College.   

 Now located in the entertainment and sports capital of the world.  I have illustrated many of the entertainers and sports celebrities that both play and live in Las Vegas.   

 My background in caricatures allows me to recreate the personality of my subjects and my use of felt markers pops colors off the board. This unique medium allows me to deliver movement and texture that makes my art so special.  Known in the corporate world as an entertainer with a quick wit and a sleight of hand, I have entertained functions for many corporations including Citizens Bank, NEC, Iron Mountain, Allmerica Financial, Reebok, St. Gobain/Norton Co., Starter, and ESPN.  Portnoy Gallery. is fast becoming a unique hot commodity in the world of sports and entertainment artists.

My art business has been designated as a "Trusted Art Seller" with The Art Storefronts Organization, which means you can shop with confidence, and know that I stand behind the quality and value of my products.



Inspiration

As a child, I was always fascinated with the realism, subject matter, and process that Saturday Evening Post artist Norman Rockwell used when illustrating his magazine cover artwork.

Combining my past career in sports with the inspiration of Illustrator Norman Rockwell, I am now a fulltime artist living my dream in Las Vegas as “The Illustrator to the Stars”





Techniques

All the artwork that I illustrate is rendered from reference photographs. The better the photograph, the better the final art

I utilize felt-tip markers as a medium when creating the art. Unlike oil, acrylic, or watercolors, where you can blend or change colors, marker is a permanent stain and once it’s put down, it’s down.

As Worcester Telegram writer John Gearan once wrote, “Nobody seems to be able to do what he does with those things”.

career highlights

I have been blessed to have been commissioned to illustrate over 400 Athletic Media Guides and game program covers for NCAA schools nationwide, including numerous Commemorative lithographs for historic school milestones. 

I was the official artist for The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, illustrating inductees for the program cover and limited edition lithographs.

I am very involved raising money for charitable foundations utilizing my artwork to fund their charities.  From Coach "K" and The Children's' Miracle Network to Imagine Dragons and The Tyler Robinson Foundation, My signed and numbered lithographs have raised thousands of dollars.

Opened Portnoy Gallery LLC in Las Vegas in 2016.

Illustrator for The Las Vegas Review Journal 2016-2018.

My artwork titled "The Greatest Names in Raiders History" was purchased by The Las Vegas Raiders then enlarged and currently hangs in Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas as a 28'x40' mural.

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