About the Artist
My name is Stephen Nelson and I paint in oils. I was trained at an early age to become a commercial artist while attending New Bedford Vocational High School in New Bedford, Massachusetts. After graduating, I then enrolled at the Swain School of Design in New Bedford majoring in drawing and oil painting. I left art school after about two years and enlisted in the US Army.
My time of service in the military was spent in Washington DC at the Pentagon. When not on duty I was at the National Gallery or the Smithsonian Museums looking at art. I got to study the Old Masters and many of the modern master’s work up close. It was there in DC that I became determined to go back and finish my art training when discharged.
I then attended the Coronado School of Fine Art in Coronado, California under Monty Lewis as my instructor from 1980 until 1983. It was during that time that I produced a large body of work, most of which was not very good. I still had a lot to learn and Monty Lewis was the teacher who gave me direction in order to improve.
My current work can be seen in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States. I have had several one man shows and participated in countless juried expositions, winning first place honors at the Del Mar Art Expo juried show in Del Mar, California in 1985.
Since 1989 I’ve resided and continued to paint in Sandpoint, Idaho.