Nelson has been depicting figures, landscapes and various environments
in rich vibrant oils for over 30 years,. His passion for the
subjects relates directly to his brush work, weaving mood and
emotion into each work of art.
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
||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 as Europe.
In 1974 Craig began teaching at Art Center College of Design.
For the past 23 years he has been sharing his knowledge at the
Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he is Director
of Fine Art, MFA & BFA Drawing and Painting.
Craig is currently a Signature Member of the California
Art Club and a member of the Portrait Society of America. Craig's
books "60 minutes to Better Painting" and "The
Drawing Bible" published by North Light are now available.
He also teaches two or three workshops a year which
have gained in popularity attracting students from the United
States and Europe.