- Norman "Neal" Deaton started his career at the academy of natural sciences of Philadelphia. From there he moved to Washington, D.C. to join the staff of the U.S. National museum, Smithsonian institution. Neal climaxed his Smithsonian career when WM. L. Brown and he prepared the worlds' largest recorded elephant for display. It now stands in the rotunda of the U.S. National museum, Washington, D.C.
In 1959 Neal returned to his native Iowa to establish a studio exclusively for the creation of exhibits for natural science museums. He set a standard of excellence in his workmanship that produced a nationally recognized name in natural science museums.
Versatile seasoned professional with over 45 years of experience creating art and exhibits for natural science and historical museums. Available for sculpture, painting, model-making, wood carving and consulting projects for private collectors, museums or galleries.