Richard James Nelson is a printmaker specializing in woodcut prints. He began in kindergarten with potato prints, earned a B.A. from The College Of Visual Arts in 1992, and has never quite stopped. He signs his prints as “James” in honor of his father James Nelson. His father always encouraged his pursuit of the arts and taught him to appreciate and respect nature. A Minnesota native, he grew up north of Minneapolis where he learned to commune with tumbleweeds and important survival skills including: embrace solitude, repay the kindness, accept joy and sorrow, value loyalty and know when and when not to enter the farmers’ field.