Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson

I realized that I had a talent for art at a very early age. Most of my youth was spent drawing pictures of local sports heroes, enjoying the great outdoors and playing golf with friends. It came to no surprise that in college I majored in Landscape Architecture. I enrolled knowing I had a talent for drawing, a love for nature and the sincere desire to improve the natural environment.

Out of sheer luck I landed a job with a golf course design company and spent the next 22 years designing golf courses throughout the United States and abroad. Design was fun as long as I could draw by hand. When computer aided drafting took the drawing implements from my hand, the work began to lose its luster.

Needing to fill this void, I began oil painting instruction with a local artist and quickly fell in love with the process and medium. I soon felt myself pulled deeper and deeper into art, reading books about painting, taking workshops and learning from art DVD’s. There is a wealth of knowledge to be drawn from today’s masters as Daniel Green, Burton Silverman, Everett Raymond Kinstler, Morgan Weistling, Dan Gerhartz, and Scott Christensen, among others. Beyond today’s masters, I find inspiration in the work of William Bouguereau, J.W. Waterhouse, Nicolai Fechin and John Singer Sargent.

The human figure has always been fascinating to me. I enjoy painting people of all cultures and all walks of life. The skills I learned in college and utilized in my profession are a great asset to painting. Understanding the principles of design, the design process, color theory, positive and negative space, the treatment of edges are all instrumental in producing great works of art. While figure and portraiture work is my main focus, I know my love for the outdoors will have me there also, capturing her many moods and seasons!