Welcome to J. Nelson Studio

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The Raven Chief
60" x 48"

Artist Statement:

Jim Nelson is a nationally acclaimed painter and storyteller of Lakota legends. Although not native by heritage, his formative years were spent in the shadow of Pine Ridge where he intermingled with his Lakota friends from an early age on; coming to know their culture as well as them.

Today he paints from his heart, telling these stories and legends through the use of vibrant colors and symbolism. Everything in his work has a meaning.

Explaining the spiritual quality of his work, Nelson states: “I don’t just paint a person or animal. I paint the spirit of that person or animal. It is my hope that the viewer will feel a connection to that spirit and have a better understanding of this proud and noble people.”

Today, he is highly respected by native people for his ability and desire to carry on the legends of their culture. Through the years, he has received many accolades for his work, which is now included in countless national and international private and corporate collections.

For more information such as an artist statement or resume, send Jim an email.