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Artist Richard Christian Nelson


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The Artist Says:


I am a portrait and gallery artist residing with my wife Kim and our three young children in the mountains of North Carolina. Though portraiture is a major part of my career, I also love painting landscape, still life, and figurative gallery pieces. 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.



Collectors Say:


"Everyone loves Georgia's portrait! Thanks so much for your hard work. We will enjoy the portraits for many years to come." Stephanie Perkins- Jackson, MS
"I want you to know how much I LOVE the portrait. I sit in my dining room often and stare at it. You truly captured Spencer and I couldn’t be happier with it. You are tremendously talented and I am so pleased to have worked with you. Thank you so much!" Ann Parke- Winston Salem, NC
"It has been a pleasure working with you Rich."- Ronald Harper- General Motors- Detroit, MI
"I cannot begin to express how much the portrait means to us."- Monica Pardy- Royal Oak, MI
"I am still in awe of your painting of Eric. I love it!"- Laura Huebner- Grosse Pointe, MI
"Rich, you are a remarkable individual and artist. Thank you for Hope."- Brandon Stallard- Grosse Pointe, MI
"Everyone just loves our portrait!"- Tanja Tyranski, Naples, FL
"Rich, we can't tell you how delighted we are with the portraits!"- Leslie Miller- Dayton, OH




Biography


I am a portrait and gallery artist residing with my wife Kim and our three children in the mountains of North Carolina. Though I am a signature member of the Portrait Society Of America (where I am currently on the faculty), I also love painting landscape, still life, and figurative gallery pieces, usually from life. 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. I do teach workshops now and then too. Please sign up for my email newsletter below to get updates on workshops and other info.
We're from Detroit, Michigan, where I earned my BFA from the College of Creative Studies in 1988. It was at CCS that I developed my love of painting, drawing, figurative art, and art history. I have been working as a portrait and gallery artist, and occasional instructor since graduating. I strive to do museum quality work that will be around long after my subjects and I have left this world. 
 
In over 20 years as a professional artist I've completed over 500 oil portraits, 1000 charcoal portraits, sold many gallery paintings, had a number of one-person shows, and won a number of awards. Here are some of the highlights:
 
2019- 'Jim Jackson' Certificate Of Merit- Portrait Society Of America's International Portrait Competition
2017 - 'Emelie' accepted into Oil Painters Of America Salon
2017 - 'Jodie Karr' accepted into the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Exhibition
2016 - Granted signature status from the Portrait Society Of [...]

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