Neal began his interest in driftwood sculptures as a young boy on the beaches of North Truro in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. His original works were typically pirate ships in the sand made from the various flotsam and jetsam that Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean would return to the land. By the time he was in his early teens, his works began to change towards wharf scenes and typical seaside shops perched upon interesting driftwood base pieces. When Neal was in his early twenties, he became an architectural and engineering draftsman. He rented a beachside cottage with some friends during the summer of 1984, and spent the entire vacation working beachside on his sculptures while watching the olympics. It was during this time that he honed in on the type of works he would ultimately settle upon. Utilizing his interest in architecture, he would scour the beaches and dunes for beautifully bleached and unuasually shaped base pieces, and then picture the style of house that would blend into and compliment the environment of the base piece. He now also will do works of actual homes from photographs and/or floor plans provided by clients (commission work). Neal’s sculptures range in size and complexity, and can incorporate intricate interior detailing. The pieces “Yeah…But The View” and “Smugglers Cove” are good examples of the level of detail that really sets Neal’s works apart from anything other artists have presented.