This body of portraiture represents Nelson’s interest in understanding and appreciating the complexities and subtleties of each individual. The process of casting torn-up love letters, writings, and fabrics into hand-carved and painted cast resin, serves as a multi-dimensional vehicle from which to discover what truly connects us, one to another.

Through exploration, Nelson is becoming more familiar with the concept that each person has as many faces, with as many stories written beneath, as they do acquaintances. Similar to the web of information that is spun out to form a virtual character or personality within social media, his intention is to rearrange fragments of a whole story to create his portrayal of what the individual embodies.

Every one person experiences everyone else in his or her own unique way. Even the people we are the most intimate with will forever remain mysterious beings. For Nelson, this is the essence of beauty and romance.


The Welder

The Messenger

I Am Always With You

Family Tree