Featured Artist B St. Marie Nelson

Oil painter B St. Marie Nelson presents a collection of wonderfully composed interiors and still lifes that reflect her great love of books and learning. View more by visiting her website.

 

Still life painting of books and an orange on a table by B St. Marie Nelson

“A Good Read” oil on panel, 34” x 15″

 

Two early experiences set me on the path to where my art is today.

 

still life painting of a book and sheet music by B St. Marie Nelson

“The Waltz” oil on panel, 14” x 14″

 

The first was my daily visit to the school library for story time. I grew up in a small town, so books gave me a window into a world that was otherwise not accessible.

 

painting of a reading room by B St. Marie Nelson

“The Reading Room” oil on panel, 14” x 11″

 

The second was a school field trip to an art museum. While most of my classmates complained of boredom, I was mesmerized by the paintings. They took my breath away. My creative journey and a lifelong love of museums had begun.

 

painting featuring a book, typewriter and cup of coffee by B St. Marie Nelson

“On the Road” oil on panel, 10″ x 10″

 

I took only one painting class in college. I felt there was so much to learn, but found the core class offered no basic instruction on the use of materials or techniques. Each student was to work independently. The focus was only on creativity with a final critique.

 

painting of a couch, books and coffee by B St. Marie Nelson

“A Room Of One’s Own” oil on panel, 14” x 14″

 

Disappointed, I turned my attention to photography.

 

still life painting of blueberries and books by B St. Marie Nelson

“Blueberries and Books” oil on panel, 5” x 7”

 

I loved the process of composing images and learning the technical aspect of it. Photography became my focus for years to follow. Then 9/11 happened, and that event changed everything for me. Life seemed too short not to pursue what I had always wanted to do—paint. It was then that I picked up a brush. I have never looked back.

 

still life painting featuring a cup of tea and Austen's Sense and Sensibility by B St. Marie Nelson

“Sense and Sensibility” oil on panel, 10” x 8”

 

My current work is primarily oil on wood panels. My process is one that explores both composition and natural light.

 

Painting featuring a writer's room in a house by B St. Marie Nelson

“The Writer’s Room” oil on panel, 12” X 18″

 

I paint both interiors and still life. Each painting features books as the subject matter. While most people think of the essential message found in a particular book, my art goes beyond that. I feel that a beautifully bound book, even if it is worn and old, can become an artistic object by itself.

 

still life featuring typewriter, books and tea by B St. Marie Nelson

“The Writer’s Life” oil on panel, 8” x 8″

 

Books can possess qualities beyond their text. They have the power to educate, delight and motivate. Right now, people are looking to make sense of these trying times. Like a good story, I hope that my work offers the viewer a brief escape into a different setting.

 

painting of a room in a house with table, chairs and books by B St. Marie Nelson

“The Constant Reader” oil on panel, 14” x 14″

 

I exhibit my work in shows and galleries across the United States. I also bring my art to libraries and schools in an effort to promote literacy.

 

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