For over 30 years, Craig Nelson
has been depicting figures landscapes and various environments
in rich vibrant oils. His passion for the subjects relates directly
to his brush work, weaving mood and emotion into each work of
After graduating from Art Center
College of Design with distinction, Craig began his career working
in Los Angeles for recording companies and motion picture studios,
creating portraits and other subjects with strict deadlines.
Craig's countless movie posters include "The Cowboys",
"Slapshot", and "Homeward Bound" among many
others. His album cover credits include, "Sammy Davis Jr.
Live", "Rick Nelson, Country" and "Natalie
Cole, Thankful" along with many more.
Collectors include, James Garner,
Neil Simon, Toyota Corporation, UCLA Dental and Law School, the
U.S. Air Force, UCSF Dental School and many more. He has won
over 200 awards of excellence and several gold medals. The "Arts
for the Parks" national competition awarded Craig the Grand
Teton Natural History Award for a painting entitled "Dining
Alone". He is collected in the United States, Asia as well
In 1974 Craig began teaching
at Art Center College of Design and for the past 13 years has
been sharing his knowledge at the Academy of Art College in San
Francisco where he is Director of Fine Art, Drawing and Painting.