|Richard Christian Nelson|
24 X 20 in.
Michigan-born Richard Christian Nelson did not begin painting until the age of 25. Before embarking on a career in the visual arts, he had been enjoying success as a rock musician performing in Michigan and New Jersey, but was afraid that the music industry might not be a long-term, stable job option. Instead, Nelson, who had always loved to draw, enrolled in art school, and became immediately hooked.
Nelson, who graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, now lives and paints in the mountains of North Carolina. Though also a painter of landscapes and of still-lifes, Nelson's first love is the figure, and in his over-twenty years as a professional artist, he has, in addition to his many figurative gallery pieces, completed over 500 portraits. Among his notable commissions are portraits of former General Motors Chairmen John F. Smith, Jr. and Edward Whitacre, Jr., noted heart surgeon Randolph Chitwood, and distinguished Federal Judge Malcolm Jones Howard.
In 2011, Nelson and his wife Kimberly began a new venture, and opened Skyuka Fine Art Gallery in Tryon, North Carolina, where his own work can be seen, as well as the works of other renowned artists, past and present.
"I am endlessly fascinated by people, places, and things and consider it a privilege and a challenge to capture some aspect of their essence on canvas. I work toward ‘painterly realism’; good drawing and composition, rendered with strong natural color, in such a way that you can still ‘sense’ or ‘feel’ the paint. The effect of this process is that the subject begins to artfully reveal itself to me and hopefully, the viewer."
More examples of Rich Nelson's work can be seen at his website, www.RichardChristianNelson.com.