Poul S. Nielsen was raised in the small farming community of Standard, Alberta, Canada, and completed a B.A. degree in painting at the University of Montana, Missoula, USA. He has traveled extensively and lived, worked and studied in New York City (USA), London (England), Sapporo (Japan). On his return to North America, he was invited by the University of Montana to initiate an M.F.A. degree in printmaking / painting; he received that masters degree in 1975. From 1978 to 1982 he was a resident artist with the Montana Arts Council and in 1983 began teaching in the Department of Visual Communications at Medicine Hat College, Alberta, Canada. Collections holding Nielsen's work include the Alberta Treasury Branch, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, University of Montana, Kato Collection of Japan, Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery and Northbrook College in Worthing, England. There are three primary artist mentors, all no longer living, who had a profound effect on Poul's development as a visual artist. First, Donald Bunse, printmaker, draughtsperson extraordinaire and former head of printmaking at the University of Montana at Missoula, Montana. Secondly, the English figurative artist Henry Inlander, former head of painting at the Camberwell School of Art, London, England. Thirdly, George McNeil, prominent New York expressionist painter, who Poul had the pleasure of studying with at the New York Studio School. All of these artists were tremendously committed to the art process and were all brilliant artist/educators.