James "Jim" Nelson
James "Jim" Davis Nelson is active/lives in Kansas, New York. James Jim Nelson is known for Painting (western scenes, portraits).
Biography James "Jim" Nelson
James "Jim" Davis Nelson was born December 21, 1943 in Beloit, Kansas. He grew up in Colorado. Attended the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design in New York and did murals of the Old West for the Raymond Loewy Industrial Design Firm. Served with the 25th Infantry as a combat artist in Vietnam. After getting out of the army in 1968, James spent a year in Europe copying the old masters in the museums. He returned first to New York and then to Kansas to live on the family farm that had been homesteaded by his great-grandfather in Jewell County. He enrolled in the Beloit Vocation Technical School to study farm mechanics and worked for many years repairing farm machinery and farming. Eventual
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Salina Journal (Feb. 18, 1973); Ellsworth County Independent/Reporter (Oct. 17, 2007); Kansas! (2nd issue, 1977).
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.
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