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Rick Nelson has been a photographer over many years involved in everything from college yearbooks to one-man gallery shows. Rick (and his wife Tina, the real artist in the family) often plan entire trips around photographing specific subjects. He often works to capture the beauty and unusual aspects of the landscape, but his priority has always been wildlife photography. Nelson has evolved with the "craft of photography" moving from mixing chemicals in the darkroom to shooting and printing digital images exclusively. The "Photoshop age" allows much greater control producing traditional photographic prints, but also allows the photographer much of the artistic creativity formerly reserved only for painters.

Nelson was introduced to woodturning about the same time in life as photography, back in a time when turning mostly involved producing spindles for furniture making.  Over time woodturning the craft has evolved into an “art” form and is a beautiful outlet for the creative spirit.

After retiring from a career in the heavy construction materials business, the art of turning has been revived with the help of the Mt. Diablo Woodturning School, where Nelson spends many hours as a teaching assistant. At any given time (pre-COVID19 at least) Rick's photographic images are being displayed in several juried shows and/or other venues around the Eastbay. Rick is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, the Bay Area Woodturners Association, the El Cerrito Art Association as well as the Oakland Art Association where he currently serves as its President. The Nelson's reside in Walnut Creek California.


Prints of any of my photographs are available in various sizes and configurations - for example, a typical matted print, framed in a 16" x 20" custom make wood frame with a museum grade acrylic non-glare cover would be about $150. Woodturnings are unique of course, and range in price up to around $300. if you see something you like, please contact me directly.

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