Exhibitions & Special Events

Craig Nelson - Life Celebrations

Friday, October 6th 2017 - Tuesday, October 31st 2017

Craig Nelson European Exhibition of New Oil Paintings


Craig Nelson - Life Celebrations

Friday, October 6th 2017 - Tuesday, October 31st 2017

Craig Nelson European Exhibition of New Oil Paintings

Please join us for the Opening Reception of "Life Celebrations" and enjoy the Art Walk on Friday, October 6th from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. You will be able to meet award winning California based artist and professor Craig Nelson.  Nelson has been creating inviting paintings for over forty years.  The new exhibition will be his 16th year showing with Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art at 58 Broad Street in historic downtown Charleston. The show will include 30 oil paintings from his travels in Europe.  Whether he is out discovering a quaint European town, enjoying a quiet park, or admiring the light on an ancient building, Nelson creates luminous works in oil that delight viewers worldwide. His precise brushwork and attention to the contrast between light and color create sensitivity in each painting, capturing the simplistic beauty of everyday life.

Craig received a BFA with distinction from the Art Center College in California and is currently the Department Chairman of Fine Arts, Drawing, and Painting at the Academy of Art University  in San Francisco, California. Every summer a lucky group get to join Nelson in Europe for a painting workshop. 

On Saturday, October 7th from 1 until 4pm Craig Nelson will be giving a painting demonstration at  Richardson's gallery. Please stop by 58 Broad Street to watch first hand his masterful painting techniques.

John C. Traynor ~ An American Impressionist

Friday, November 3rd 2017 - Thursday, November 30th 2017

John C. Traynor - Exhibition of Charleston and New England Scenes

John C. Traynor was born on October 19, 1961.  Traynor spent his early years in Chester and Mendham, New Jersey, attending Delbarton School in Morristown.  He pursued formal arts training at Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and figure painting with Frank Mason at the Art Students League of New York.  Traynor continued to study landscape painting in Vermont with Mr. Mason, drawing with Carroll N. Jones Jr. of Stowe, Vermont, and sculpture for one year with Brother Jerome Cox in Florence, Italy.

John spent his early years in Chester and Mendham New Jersey. His art studies began at Delbarton School in Morristown New Jersey; from there he went to Paier College of Art in New Haven Connecticut, startingat the age of 16. He studied figure painting at the Art Students League of New York, as a merit scholar, with Frank Mason, as well as landscape painting with Mason in Vermont. John followed his studies with Mason by spending a year studying sculpture in Italy.

Having completed his studies by the time he was 20 years old, John was determined to become a professional artist. As an unknown artist John started selling his paintings at outdoor art shows, in the Northeast where he was able to meet collectors in person. This exposure opened opportunities with galleries

Traynor has won numerous awards including the Frank Dumont award from the Hudson Valley Art Association and the Medal of Honor from the Salmagundi Club of which he is an honorary member. John was also recently inducted into the Delbarton School Hall of Honors and he has reached the level of Copley Master from the Copley Society of Boston.

John has made numerous painting expeditions to Ireland as well as trips to Holland, Italy, France, Hawaii and many locations across the United States. John currently resides in southern New Hampshire in a quaint New England village with his wife Liz. Their home is surrounded by many gardens that inspire John’s paintings.

John is a skilled painter of every genre: landscape, still life and portraiture.  His unique blend of realism and atmospheric impressionism set his work apart. Many people can recognize a “Traynor painting” by its brush strokes and unique feeling. Part of his success is connecting emotionally with others through his work. People are often reminded of moments in their life or memories of the past.

John is inspired by the nature he sees around him whether it is the flowers from his gardens, people in his life or the landscape outdoors. Traynor’s interpretation of his subject matter is influenced from artists of the past. His use of light and atmospheric effect are found in many of the old master paintings such as the American tonality painters and the French Impressionist artists. There is a richness and fullness to his work that is ‘old world’ yet contemporary with his unique style.