TOM NIELSEN, (American Society of Marine Artists) brings to each canvas over five decades of painting experience. He began working with pastels at an early age and was oil painting by ten. He is largely self-studied, devoting much attention to the disciplines and methods of artists he admires past and present. He has attended workshops of John Howard Sanden and landscape painter Scott Christensen. A realist, his paintings reflect his love for marine and landscape paintings by artists from the golden age of traditional painting. Tom lived in Washington, D.C. where he divided his time between graphic design and painting. Marine subjects, whether inland rivers, coastal marshes or thundering surf have become the focus of his recent work. In 2004, his coastal paintings of The Marshes of Glynn were given by former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to each of the world Leaders attending the G8 Sea Island Summit. In 2012, he was elected as a Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists and recently named to the Society's Board. He has designed a commemorative medallion for the U.S. Congress and a silver dollar for the U.S. Mint. His work can be found in public and private collections worldwide. A partial list of public and private collectors: Department of Veterans Affairs Auburn University Mississippi State University Morris Museum of Art United States House of Representatives South Carolina State Museum the Reagan Library Dana Corporation Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Bethesda Naval Hospita l United States Mint General William C. Westmorland G8 Leaders: President George W. Bush President Jacques Chirac, France Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Germany Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Italy Prime Minister Tony Blair, UK Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, Japan President Vladimir Putin, Russia Prime Minister Paul Martin, Canada Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, Ireland Tom travels far and wide to fulfill portrait commissions and to gather subject matter for his coastal and seascape paintings. With a career spanning over five decades, his work can be found in public and private collections worldwide. He has designed a commemorative medalion for the U.S. Congress and a silver dollar for the U.S. Mint. In 2004, his coastal paintings of the Marshes of Glynn were given by the Governor of Georgia to each of the world leaders attending the Sea Island G8 Summit.