Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson is a nationally acclaimed painter and storyteller of Lakota legends. Although not native by heritage, his formative years were spent in the shadow of Pine Ridge where he inter-mingled with his Lakota friends from an early age on, coming to know their culture as well as them. Today he paints from his heart, telling these stories and legends through the use of vibrant colors and symbolism. Everything in his work has a meaning. Explaining the spiritual quality of his work, Nelson states: "I don't just paint a person or an animal; I paint the spirit of that person or animal. It is my hope that the viewer will feel a connection to that spirit and have a better understanding of this proud and noble people." Today he is highly respected by native people for his ability and desire to carry on the legends of their culture. Through the years he has received many accolades for his work, which is now included in countless national and international private and corporate collections.

Eagle's Journey
Acrylic on Canvas
20.5 by 16.5 inches

The Horseman
Acrylic on Canvas
19 by 19 inches

Postcards from Home
Acrylic on Canvas
50 by 38 inches

Look Upon Me Grandfather
Acrylic on Canvas
36 by 24 inches

Daughter of the Buffalo
Acrylic on Canvas
37 by 25 inches