10.25.16 Rich Nelson at Charles D. Owen Park

Rich Nelson gave a generous, detailed and informative presentation in front of a rapt audience at Charles D. Owen Park in Swannanoa

Rich Nelson gave a generous, detailed and informative presentation in front of a rapt audience at Charles D. Owen Park in Swannanoa


Rich Nelson gave a great demo--color true to life.

Rich Nelson, great demo, color true to life.

I am a portrait and gallery artist residing with my wife Kim and our three 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.

My goal is to 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 so check that out on my website richnelson.com.

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.