Matthew Nelson is a visual artist originally from the Midwest, but moved to Corvallis Oregon in 2014. He has a BFA in Painting and Drawing from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He is a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor and trained in Pastoral Care and Social Justice at Luther Seminary/United Seminary in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. He was the Artist in Residence at Luther Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 2011 through 2013. He has exhibited throughout the US and is included in multiple corporate, public and private collections including the national Jerry Evenrud Prodigal Son Collection. 

     Matthew’s form of expression rises from a 6 year discipline of creating a piece of art daily. It is this consistent creative process that drives his work. This discipline has pushed Matthew into working thematically using multiple disciplines and stylistic approaches that best fit each thematic series. His figurative work flows from a social justice and recovery focus. His landscapes are most often an exploration into the human experience of community and isolation. His abstracts explore a meditative and direct response to music and poetry. Connecting each of these approaches is his use of  “the sound of colors, the contrast of surface, the shape of simplified forms, and the harmony of tension and silence” to create a dynamic surface on which can be found “a resonance with something familiar”. In the end, Matthew would like to have created a body of work that connects, confronts, and resonates with the viewer.

I paint the part,
The moment sublime,
That stands in for the whole,
The conceptual essence unseen
Made visible in it’s simple


Form pared down, 
Barely holding
On the edge of perception,
Finding life in 
The sound of colors, 
The contrast of surface,
The intimate connection
Of shapes and tensions and
This is a place and a time
Of resonance with something
Oddly familiar.