The Stone Sculptor
Jason P. Nelson
Artist Biography
Jason was born and raised in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.  His interest in visual arts began at an early age. He began having
some commercial success as a painter by the age of 16.  One of his earliest drawings is on permanent display in the VIA Rail
train station in North Bay, ON.  At the age of 18, he was commissioned to paint public artwork for the City of Sault Ste Marie as
well as several murals for private businesses.  After high-school, he briefly studied art at Sheridan College and then at Windsor
University.  However, at this point in his life he lacked the focus and dedication that is needed to succeed as a full-time,
professional artist.  He soon found himself scraping–out a living working in dead-end jobs.

Jason P. Nelson is originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario where, buy the age of 16, had already had commercial success with
his paintings and murals for both private and public industries.  After a brief stint as an art student at Sheridan College in the
mid 1990’s, Jason relocated to Victoria British Columbia to study the ancient art of stone carving.  In 2000, Jason relocated to
Thunder Bay, Ontario where he was hired as resident sculptor at the Thunder Bay Agate Mine where he presided until the
mine was closed to the public later that year.
Since then, Jason’s reputation as a stone sculptor has soared.  His sculptures and hand crafted bowls can be found in both
private and public collections throughout North America,  as well as Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Kuiwait, and Europe.   In
addition, the city of Thunder Bay has purchased a number of his works as gifts for visiting dignitaries.
In 2010, Jason was awarded first place in the category of Representative Sculpture at the American Art Awards  for his
sculpture entitled “Veined Octopus.”   That same year, Jason received a Northern Arts Grant from the Ontario Arts Council, to
finance the sculpture he calls, “Yoga for Lovers” which  is carved out of a 2700 lb piece of Cararra Marble.  In 2012, Jason’s
“Midnight Bubbly” sculpture was purchased by theUSA network’s  “Suits” to be used as a prop during Season Two.
Presently, Jason is working on several commissioned pieces for private sale.  He now splits his time between Sault Ste. Marie
and Thunder Bay, where he resides with his two sons, Jordan and Troy.
Thunder Bay Artist, Jason P. Nelson
Close-up of Octopus Sculpture eye.
An octopus can fit its entire body through an opening the size of its eye!
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