Angelia McNeil

I once heard a saying, “Without Art this earth is just Eh”. That statement has truly resonated with me over the years. I come from humble beginning; I grew up in southeast Arkansas, the youngest of 9 children. Though my parents didn’t have much, they made sure to feed our interests. Art has been something that I have been drawn to since a young age. As a child, I was always doodling on anything I could get my hands on. I have always felt as if art allowed me to leave my mark on the world.

I obtained my Bachelor of Art degree in advertising from Christopher Newport University. I eventually became a wife and mother of 3 (Ciara, Jhala and Izeyah). Though my family took precedence over my career for many years, I never lost my passion for art. I would occasionally paint and draw, but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to pursue art full time. I started ‘Art by Angelia’, a home business, where I do commission work in my spare time. 

I have been given the opportunity to share my passion by doing caricatures at local festivals, publishing my first children’s book and even teaching one-on-one classes. I went on to explore new ways to expand my business, which led to me dabbling in t-shirt design and matting/framing my own artwork. 

In the past 2 years, my business has really flourished. Through it all, I have learned to never put God in a box and trust His plan for greatness for me. I saw that come to fruition in 2018 when I opened Paint Strokes Paint Party here in Greenville. I have been so blessed to have an amazing husband and support from family and friends. I still have to pinch myself sometimes because I simply love what I do so much. We definitely deliver a great experience and a great finished product at Paint Strokes, located at 3219 Landmark St.