RICHARD C. NELSON  -  "Jodie Karr"  -  18x14"  -  $1,500.               Available for presale but remaining through end of show

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.

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 so check that out at

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 portraits, sold many gallery paintings, had a number of one-person shows, and won a number of awards. Here are some of the highlights:

2017- ‘Emelie’ accepted into Oil Painters Of America Salon

2016- Granted signature status from the Portrait Society Of America

2016- 'Lily Outdoors' accepted into Oil Painters Of America National Juried Exhibition

2014 - Certificate Of Excellence - Portrait Society Of America's 2014 International Portrait Competition

2013- Finalist - Portrait Society Of America's 2013 International Portrait Competition

2012 - Certificate Of Excellence - Portrait Society Of America's 2012 International Portrait Competition

2012 - 1st Place- Commissioned Portraits- PSOA’s Member's Only Competition

2010 - Finalist- Portrait/Figure Category of The Artist's Magazine 27th Annual Art Competition

2009 -  1st Place- Oil and Honorable Mention-Drawing- PSOA’s 'Choose Your Medium' Portrait Competition

2008 - 2nd Place- PSOA’s ‘Outdoor’ Portrait Competition

2007 - Semifinalist In American Artist Magazine’s 70th Anniversary Competition

2007 - Honorable Mention - PSOA’s Children’s Portrait Competition

2006 - Honorable Mention - PSOA’s Self - Portrait Competition

2006 - 2nd Place and People’s Choice - PSOA’s Tri - State Competition

2005 - Certificate Of Merit - PSOA’s Annual Portrait Competition

2004 - Best Portfolio - PSOA’s Annual Conference

2003 - Best Portfolio - PSOA’s Annual Conference

2002 - Certificate of Merit - PSOA’s Annual Portrait Competition

2001 - Certificate of Merit - PSOA’s Annual Portrait Competition