Neil Harpe was born in Annapolis, Maryland. He grew up along the creeks and backwater marshes of the Chesapeake Bay, the region where his family has lived for generations. Swimming, crabbing, fishing and watching watermen at their daily activities were part of his childhood and fostered an early love of nature and the sea.
Influenced by his memories of a way of life that seems to be rapidly vanishing, Harpe has been drawn to portray the poetic beauty of the maritime world: graceful skipjacks; aging fishing boats; majestic lighthouses; and the flat, grassy marshlands that line the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.
The unique quality of Neil Harpe’s Chesapeake Bay art results not only from his perspective as a native son, but also his approach. Harpe's mediums include pen & ink, graphite, oils, acrylics and watercolors. Harpe's work is meticulously rendered and detailed. His etchings and lithographs are printed by the artist and many are hand colored with watercolor washes. After completing the 4-year diploma program at the Corcoran Gallery College of Art, Harpe went on to earn a BFA in mixed media at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He received his MFA in stone and plate lithography at George Washington University. Neil Harpe’s work can be seen in numerous art galleries as well as both private and corporate collections.
© Neil Harpe, 2012