ARTIST RICHARD NELSON
I started painting and drawing when I was about 14 when I sketched a portrait of my first girlfriend in 1959. This started my love affair with art. I grew up in the city and eventually had the opportunity to move to a country setting for peace and quiet. Art gives me that same feeling as does my caring family and especially my wife who has supported me in every way.
In 2015 I started sketching portraits of country singers, and personalities. By the end of the year, I had completed 120 graphite drawings. My daughter photographed these drawings and submitted them to the curator of the Country Music Hall of Fame who immediately called me and set up a meeting. I now have 132 portraits in the Hall of Fame which are displayed on a rotating schedule.
My drawings are also on display at the Tennessee Ernie Ford Home in Bristol, TN, the Roy Acuff House at the Grand Ole Opry, the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum, and Country Store in Nashville. I also completed a set of five of the cast members of Larry’s Country Diner in Tennessee. I am a retired contractor and now have the time to enjoy my animals and my artwork. I have done many pencil portraits for clients and I know when I see their faces, and most times a tear or two, that they appreciate my work and that I have done the best job I can do for them as an artist.
“When I go to the mall, or somewhere, I sit and stare at people and think, he has an interesting face or she's very beautiful and I would love to draw them. Someone with an interesting face is easier to draw.
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