Jason P. Nelson (Sculptor) –
Stone Sculpture – Enamored by the inherent beauty of natural stone and ancient art of stone sculpting.
Jason’s career as a professional artist began at an early age, in his home town of Sault Ste Marie, Canada. As a teenager, he experimented with several styles of painting and drawing and by the time he was 18 he had sold many paintings and was commissioned to paint portraits, landscapes and figurative paintings for private collections, small businesses and public places.
After high school, Jason studied art at Sheridan College and Windsor University. However, due to a combination of financial difficulties and personal issues, he did not finish either of the programs that he started. At this time in his life he lacked direction, dedication and the financial backing needed to pursue a full-time career as an artist. He soon found himself toiling in dead-end jobs to scrape-out a living.
By the time he was in his early twenties, Jason had become disenchanted with painting. However, the promise of adventure lured him to the west coast. It was in Victoria B.C. that he first tried his hand at the ancient art of stone sculpting. He quickly became enamored by the inherent beauty of natural stone. He was intrigued by the long and rich history of this medium. His passion for art was rekindled.
In 2001 Jason moved to Thunder Bay, where he now lives with his wife Cathy and their two young boys. Needing a steady income to support his growing family, he began working in the forestry industry, planting and thinning trees. He labored in the Great North Woods for seven years. However, by 2008 the forestry industry was in decline in North Western Ontario and it became difficult to find work. This was the catalyst that Jason needed; he finally decided that the time was right to pursue a full time career as an artist. He set up a studio in his garage and began to carve on a more regular basis.
Jason’s sculptures can now be found in private collections across North America and beyond and he is currently represented by Chenier Fine Arts. In the near future he hopes to work on some exciting public art projects planned for Thunder Bay’s waterfront revitalization. He also eagerly anticipates the beginning of a major personal project, with the assistance of a Northern Arts Grant.
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