Now retired, Ian was renowned for his ability to capture the atmospheric beauty of the landscape of Wester Ross in northern Scotland. Often his paintings feature isolated crofthouses with a moody backdrop of looming mountains by idyllic loch shores. Bold and atmospheric, they perfectly capture the dramatic coastal scenery of Wester Ross as in the artwork shown below.
Note that if you want to see any the artworks on this page in a larger size just click on the image.
We are able to offer some of his works as limited edition prints while stocks last. Details about how to order are given below in the section entitled 'Prints For Sale'.
From Architect to Artist
Initially Ian trained at Durham University in the Department of Architecture and practised as an architect until 1986. However, he always had a strong urge to paint and decided to attend courses at the local College of Art at Middlesborough.
It wasn't until he moved to the Lake District, after getting married again and giving up architecture, that he finally had time to put paint on paper. Ian sometimes used ink and gouache in his paintings too. This was in order to achieve the strong colours and effects he desired as shown in the paintings in this article.
As soon as he allowed his pictures to go on sale in the Lake District, they sold. But Ian knew he wanted to paint the wonderfully dramatic landscapes that the scenery in Scotland offered rather than the very pretty and popular Lakeland views that were already extensively covered by many well-known artists.
One of the reasons therefore for moving to Wester Ross was to give Ian the opportunity to depict these landscapes. He soon found that his style worked well with the tremendous variety of weather conditions that prevail here! His architectural background allowed his depiction of traditional crofthouses in the landscape to be perfectly captured.
Examples of Ian's Work
Prints for Sale
Ian is now retired and is not producing any new work. However, a few of his limited edition prints are still available. They are signed on the image, not on the white space below the image as shown in the samples on this page. Nor is the title or print number of the edition printed on the white space. Ian has completely retired and no longer wants to be signing and titling prints!
The prints are being sold at £45 each and this includes postage and packing to any UK address.
The prints which are currently available are illustrated below. They were each produced in editions of 250. There are two sizes of prints, panoramic and traditional.
Panoramic is produced with an image size of 405mm x 152mm and an overall size of 442mm x 195mm.
Traditional is produced with an image size of 412mm x 276mm and an overall size of 452mm x 320mm.
If you want to buy any of Ian's prints, please send a cheque made payable to "Gordon Harrison" together with details of the prints you want (including title and quantity) and your full delivery details. Send your order to:
Picture Framing for You, South Most Cottage, Contin, Strathpeffer, Ross-shire IV14 9ES.
Please allow two weeks for delivery.
If you have any queries you can email us via our contact page, thank you.
Ian Nelson Panoramic Limited Edition Prints
For sale at £45.00 each
Ian Nelson Traditional Limited Edition Prints
For sale at £45.00 each