Bruce Nelson (1888-1952)
Bruce Nelson was born in Santa Clara, California, in 1888 and attended college nearby as an engineering and architecture major. His art studies would follow at the Art Studentís League in New York. Upon his return to California in 1912, Nelson set up a studio in Pacific Grove where he painted scenes of the local coastline and fog shrouded pine forests.
Among the highlights of his career was a Silver Medal win at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Following service in World War I, Nelson relocated to New York where he completed several mural commissions. Little is known of his artistic endeavors during the last 25 years of his life. Bruce Nelson died in New York in 1952.