Nelson was born into the art world; both of his parents are professional artists. In middle school he gained attention for his three-dimensional work, winning numerous awards from the local art competitions. In high school, Nelson’s acrylic painting won first prize and Best of Show. In 2013, Nelson submitted and was accepted into the National Scholastics Art and Writing Competition. The Denver Art Museum curators chose Nelson’s work to display in an exclusive show, where Nelson’s pen and ink, “Colorado River Toad” was prominently displayed as the first piece of artwork as you entered the gallery.
Nelson attended Columbus College of Art and Design for two years, studying illustration, and completed the 2017 Illustration Academy, in Kansas City, Missouri; this program is a five-week intensive course, taught by the country’s premier illustrators. Here, Nelson tackled challenging projects and techniques that expanded his skills. With each challenge, his enthusiasm for refining and expanding his own techniques increased exponentially.
Nelson is now studying under the artist, Thomas Blackshear, learning new painting techniques through observation and hands-on while creating a portfolio and fine art pieces.world-renowned
Nelson thrives on exploring different mediums; at this moment, his passion is black and white techniques with pen and ink, scratchboard, and pencil on paper. He has a fascination for painting with acrylics, and oils and using digital arts, Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign. Nelson says, “I love traditional mediums and also enjoy digital art. I like to experiment; Creating is, by definition, learning through experimentation”.
Lewis-Palmer High School, Monument Colorado
Bemis School of Art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (summer programs) Cottonwood Center for Arts, Colorado Springs, Colorado (Figure Drawing Studio) Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio (2015-2017)
2017 Illustration Academy in Kansas City, Missouri
Western Stars Gallery and Studio, Lyons, Colorado Hueys Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico The Broadmoor Galleries, Colorado Springs, Colorado