Saddle Headrest, Watercolor on paper, 17" x 45", ©
Nelson Boren left a successful and award-winning architectural career to pursue a professional art career in 1990. The stimulus to pursue his artistic interest came from a watercolor class he signed up for at
Arizona State University, taught by the same teacher who had instructed him years before in architecture school. Soon after, galleries showed an interest in his work and Boren was motivated to leave architecture behind and paint on a full time basis.
Drawn to the medium of watercolor because of its transparency and vivid colors, Boren's work today reflects his appreciation of cowboy life, which he experienced as a young boy working summers on Arizona ranches. Referring to his artistic style as “detail cowboy art”, his large, figurative paintings tend to omit the obvious, and instead he challenges himself to convey personality through the minute details and accoutrements of cowboy life; boots, spurs, jeans, chaps and leather gloves.
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