Steven Lloyd Neal
Steven Lloyd Neal is a practicing facial plastic surgeon and artist who lives in Pendleton, Oregon, where he and his wife, Susan, raised their six daughters. Dr. Neal is an artist first and foremost. It was his background in art that attracted him to pursuing a career in facial plastic surgery. Noticing the strong similarities in both fields, Dr. Neal has fused them together to form his life’s work.
In the field of art, Neal is best known for his achievements and dedication to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his love of The Book of Mormon. When sculpting, Steven Neal’s favorite medium is oil-based clay. Despite his affinity to this medium, he has also learned to carve marble. Working among craftsmen, artisans, and apprentices, Neal has gone on multiple trips over the past ten years to Pietrasanta, Italy, not far from the same marble quarry used by Michelangelo, and received invaluable training there. He has also been trained by other professionals in New York. Some of Neal’s best-known sculptures are “Other Sheep I Have…” placed in the lobby of the Missionary Training Center in Provo, and the colossal, “Mormon Battalion Monument—Duty Calls” and “Duty Triumphs,” found at Heritage Park in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Since his youth, Neal has been painting oil paintings. As he grew, so did the size of his pieces. While still a medical resident, Neal began painting his most famous work, “The Tree of Life,” or “Lehi’s Dream.” “Lehi’s Dream,” which won the grand prize for the Church’s First International Art Contest, has been on display for 32 years at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since then, Neal also painted numerous other large pieces from scenes within The Book of Mormon. As an adult, he has received years of training in the style of the old European masters and continues to employ these techniques in his work.
Neal graduated magna cum laude with high honors in Asian Studies from Brigham Young University and graduated sixth in his medical school class from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
He currently serves in the Church as the second counselor in the Walla Walla, Washington, Stake Presidency. He and Susan are grandparents to fourteen grandchildren.