Nelson is not a novice to the world of art, even though his young age would tell a different story.
You might say he was born into an art studio. Both Nelson’s father and mother are professional
artists. Having a natural talent for drawing, since day one, he was attracted to learning more. In
middle school he started gaining attention for his three dimensional work and won awards from
the local school district’s art competition. In high school Nelson’s acrylic painting won first prize
for 11th grade category and The Best of Show in 2012. Nelson also submitted and was accepted
into the National Scholastics Art and Writing Competition, 2013. From these judged pieces, the
curators from the Denver Art Museum chose a few select pieces to display in an exclusive show
in the Denver Art Museum where Nelson’s pen and ink, “Colorado River Toad” was prominently
displayed as the first piece of artwork as you entered the gallery. His original artwork was a bit
unusual because it took up the entire wall. After high school he attended Columbus College of
Art and Design for two years, studying illustration. Nelson attended the 2017 Illustration
Academy, in Kansas City, MO. A five week intensive hands-on course taught by many of the
countries premier illustrators. Here Nelson tackled projects and techniques that expanded his
skills and approach to creating art. He was challenged and ended the course with renewed
enthusiasm for refining and expanding his own techniques.
Currently Nelson is continuing to learn while producing beautiful original works of art. He is
studying under the world renowned artist, Thomas Blackshear. Nelson is learning painting
techniques by observing and trying his own hand in creating portfolio and fine art pieces.
Nelson is still experimenting with mediums, At the moment his passion is black and white
techniques. These include pen and ink, scratchboard, and pencil on paper. He also has a
fascination for painting with acrylics, oils and digital arts. Nelson has a lot of experience with
Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign. Nelson says, “I prefer traditional mediums but I also enjoy
digital art. I don’t like to limit myself to one medium because I like to experiment. Creating is, by
definition, learning through experimentation”
Lewis Palmer High School, In Monument Colorado. Summer classes at the Bemis School of Art
at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Figure drawing studio classes at Cottonwood Center
for Arts, in Colorado Springs, CO.. Two years of instruction at Columbus College of Art and
Design, Columbus, OH.. Completed the 2017 Illustration Academy in Kansas City, MO.