Dr. James M Nelson

Artist Statement:

I aim to create uplifting compositions and captivating designs that will impact mood and evoke emotions utilizing oil on canvas. Bold application of color and artful blending of lights and darks are fabricated to capture images existing in an instant of time.  My intent is not to replicate an event but to express the essence of what I see and feel.  My art world comes alive with color and meaning.  I strive to isolate what is meaningful from the unessential in my works that characterize realism.

My interests encompass all subject matters to include; still life, landscapes and portraits.

Member of :

Oil Painters of America http://www.oilpaintersofamerica.com/

American Impressionist Society


Fine Arts League of Cary


Visual Art Exchange- Raleigh http://visualartexchange.org/

Member of Wilmington Art Association:  http://www.wilmington-art.org/

If interested in my paintings or commissions please contact me at jamesmnelson@yahoo.com

Jerry’s Artarama Honor Award

Paintings can be seen at

The Gallery at Racine- Wilmington NC


Labour  of Love



Recent Awards:

Coastal Fine Arts and Crafts Festival- 1st place Best in Show for painting

VAE Food for Thought 2nd place.


2012 Wilmington Annual Juried Spring Art Show and Sale

Jack Richardson & Company Inc Award

Jerry’s Artarama Honor Award- Fine Arts League of Cary 2011 Juried Painting & Sculpture Exhibition

First Place NC State Fair 2010

919 Magazine article Sept/Oct 2013: http://issuu.com/dreamlakemedia/docs/919magazine_zone1_issue009?e=5102412/4649148