Called the “Norman Rockwell of Sports Artists”, Massachusetts native, Neal Portnoy grew up throwing baseballs to former Boston Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman. After receiving a scholarship from Division One powerhouse Miami under legendary coach Ron Fraser, Portnoy suffered an injury, which effectively ended his baseball career. It was then when he realized he was more talented creating images with felt markers than throwing sliders.
Over his art career, Neal has been commissioned by corporate and private clients in the sports, public and entertainment marketplace.. He has created over 500 College sports programs and media guide covers for a variety of NCAA schools including Michigan State, Virginia, UMass, UCLA, Wake Forest, Washington, Yale, and many more. He has created limited edition commemoratives for Michigan State, ECAC, and recently the 2013 and 2014 NCAA National Men’s Hockey lithographs for Yale University and Union College.
His background in caricatures allows him to recreate the personality of his subjects and his use of felt markers pops colors off the board. This unique medium allows Neal to deliver movement and texture that makes his art so special. Known in the corporate world as an entertainer with a quick wit and a sleight of hand, Neal has entertained functions for many corporations including Citizens Bank, Digital Equipment, NEC, Iron Mountain, Allmerica Financial, Reebok, St. Gobain/Norton Co., Starter, and ESPN. Neal Portnoy Studio Inc. is fast becoming a unique hot commodity in the world of sports artists.