Neil McAuliffe grew up on Cape Cod where he showed an early interest in drawing and painting the local sea and landscapes. McAuliffe received his formal training at Massachusetts College of Art where he studied illustration. He returned to Cape Cod after college as a freelance illustrator, making a living creating renderings in pen and ink and watercolor of homes, boats, businesses and golf courses.
In 1991, he was commissioned to paint a series of aerial views of various prestigious sights, which were published and sold in limited editions. A few of these sites include Augusta National Golf Course, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Harvard University and the villages of Hyannisport and Osterville.
McAuliffe spent a few years living and painting in the Caribbean, where he still finds inspiration on his annual trips south. He has met with great success painting the endless beauty of Jamaica, The Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Key West. Caribbean commissions include artwork created for Sandals Resorts, Jablum Blue Mountain Coffee Co. and Caribbean Utilities Inc.
For the past 15 years, McAuliffe has been working exclusively in oils. He is a self-taught painter, using his years of mastering watercolor to make an easy transition to oil painting. His paintings are in numerous public and private collections.