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Capt. Brent Nelson
Art is like angling-
Nelson was born in Cumberland,
Maryland on May
14, 1950. He grew up on his grandfathers
dairy farm along
the Potomac River near Pinto. It was here that he embraced the outdoors
and spent many summer days fishing In his family's farm ponds and hunting
on the mountains above.
At the age of 14, he enrolled in oil painting classes after his parents and teachers noted that he had the natural ability to draw. By the time he was a high school senior, he'd already completed a variety of commissioned artworks and had won a national student art contest.
After graduating from Goshen College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Brent turned his attention to commercial art and graphic design. In 1980 he opened up his own Graphic Design firm near Washington DC. Nelson created and designed a wide range of print media for government agencies, associations and corporations. In 1983, Brent worked closely with NASA's graphic designers on logo development and positioning for the space shuttle Discovery.
Brent is an avid skier and musician. In the late 70's he joined the Canaan Valley Ski Patrol and also sang and played guitar and 5 string banjo in the Late Harvest Band, a contemporary bluegrass band which toured though out the Mid-Atlantic states.
In 1985, he married Kathy Gigliotti and on their honeymoon in Italy, he picked up a brush, easel and paper and began to paint watercolors. It wasn't until 2006 that he got serious about his painting endeavors and studied watercolor under his mentor Sterling Edwards. Other watercolorists that have greatly influenced his loose and free style are Nicholas Simmons, Joseph Zubukvic, Alvaro Castagnet and John Lovett
Nelson is also a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain and guides for Ken Penrod's Life Outdoors Unlimited. Brent shepherds clients on both the Tidal Potomac River and Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland pursuing both largemouth and smallmouth bass.