Helen McNeil-Ashton is a retired academic and writer who is currently the Vice President for the Collection at the Highland House Museum, Truro MA.
She is the daughter of abstract expressionist artist George McNeil and his art-director wife Dora McNeil. From the late 1940s to the 1960s Helen grew up — or tried to grow up-- in the artistic hothouse of the New York art scene. “Confessions of an Art Brat” looks at this world from a child’s-eye view, naive but sharply observant. Every child takes their family unit to be normal, just the way things are, unless proven otherwise. So if you are being brought up bohemian in a world marked by passionate commitment, well, that becomes “normal,” with creative and destructive consequences for all.