Richard James Nelson is a St. Paul-based printmaker specializing in woodblock and prints.
He began in kindergarten with potato prints, earned a B.A. from The College Of Visual Arts in 1992, and has never quite stopped. When he isn’t fixing up the 110 year old home he shares with his wife and two children he is up on Minnesota’s North Shore, where he wanders aimlessly through the forest, sketching all types of flora and fauna. Instead of using black ink, which is the traditional relief color, he chooses dark brown to echo the earth itself.
A Minnesota native, he grew up north of Minneapolis where he learned to commune with tumble weeds and important survival skills including when and when not to enter the farmers field.