For Nelson Boren, cover artist at Pink Magazine, this is not his first rodeo. The Utah-based artist contributed the February 2009 Pink cover, the only cover that doesn’t feature a female. While Nelson has been involved in creating art since he was a child, he became a full-time artist in the 1990s and has explored painting ever since.
The word “freedom” struck me while speaking with Nelson. It was the way he spoke about it, with a kind sentiment that made the phrase become seared in my mind, like a hot brander to the brain. Nelson’s paintings give you a sense that you’re free as a cowboy with a western breeze fluttering through your hair and dirt crunching beneath your worn boots. There’s freedom in his art, not just in subject matter, but in the choice he gives you to interpret it. “I want to portray a glimpse rather than the whole story,” Nelson explains, “My paintings are pieces of cowboys, and it’s amazing how people look at that and see their grandpa or uncle. They finish the story a whole lot better than I could ever do it as an artist.”