Artist’s Biography

J. D. Nelson (Jim) was born in 1943. When he was fourteen he visited New York City and saw the Old Master Paintings. At that time he decided to be a painter.

He attended The Art Students League where he had a Ford Foundation Grant and was employed by Raymond Lowey to paint murals. He had a studio in New York on 5th Avenue when he was drafted into the Infantry in 1967. He served with the 25th Division in 1967-68 in Vietnam eventually becoming a Draftsman-Combat Artist with the Division (18th Military Historical Detachment).

Since that time he has painted many works: Portraits, Historical, Murals and Biographical. He is represented in many private collections and some museums in the U.S. and Canada.

He is a defender of the American Tradition of Realism in painting.