Eric Nelson

ARTIST'S  STATEMENT

"If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: "I came to live out loud." These words by 19th century French philosopher and author, Emile Zola, have motivated me most of my life and have certainly impacted my creative instincts. I imagine my life as being a very colorful painting with lots of vignettes and varying brush strokes, all very purposeful and essential for the painting to be complete.
 

My artwork reflects my overall philosophy. It is bold, colorful, passionate, purposeful and varied. I have painted in oils and acrylics. I have sculpted. I have produced mosaics in bas relief. I have painted using translucent gel on glass and I have painted on reflective mylar using translucent gel. My subjects range from still life to human forms to abstract to botanical. I have borrowed heavily from various styles like impressionism, photorealism, pop art and others.

Yet, while my style reflects influences of others, my techniques have been innovative and original.  Though I have been creating artwork all my life, I
decided in my late forties to turn my passion into a vocation. Since then, I have shown my art in numerous galleries on the East Coast from New York
to Florida. I also opened and operated a small chain of retail establishments in the D.C. area called Artfully Chocolate that were part art gallery and part
cocoa/wine bar. In total, I have sold nearly 500 pieces of work over the past 15 years.

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