William Nelson

When I’m asked what it is that I do, I tell people I’m an artist. Most of the time, that does it. Sometimes I’m asked, “What kind of art?” Then I’ll say I’m a figurative painter and I work in oils- it sounds professional.  What I’d like to say is: I like to draw, I like to paint, and I like my paintings to look like paint. I play with color and look for singularity in every form. I like to find the humor in the subjects of my paintings, even in my darker works. The figures are young, old, men, and women. They are overwhelmed, awkward, self-centered, anxious and oblivious. The subjects are not portraits or historical figures. They are not in a specific place or time. They are not really anywhere. They are together and alone, dealing with their complexity. They are us..