Robert Lyn Nelson

“I wanted to paint the precise sensation of being in two universes at once. I could see it when I went diving, and I wanted to share it with the world.”

In 1979, Robert Lyn Nelson created his landmark painting ‘Two Worlds’ and, with it, a new artistic genre: The Modern Marine Art Movement. His vision of life above and below the ocean’s surface launched a successful and widely adopted genres of contemporary art, and has become the powerful symbol for one of the most compassionate environmental efforts of our time, the struggle to preserve the life of the sea.

The prominence of Nelson’s marine work should not overshadow his abilities in a remarkable variety of forms. His collected impressionist, neo-cubist, neo-futurist, and other non- representational works could each have generated a successful career.

What unifies Nelson’s body of work is his pain-staking perfectionism. Robert often takes months, sometimes years, to complete a single painting.
Nelson’s collectors include many public figures and leading institutions, and donations of his work and personal appearances have resulted in significant financial contributions to many environmental organizations.