Nelson Holbrook White studied painting under his father and grandfather, both of whom were prominent landscape painters. In 1955 he went to Florence, Italy, where he studied with Pietro Amigoni and Nerina Simi. He spends eight months of every year in Italy. His work hangs in the permanent collection of the Lyman Allyn Museum in New London, CT, and in the New Britain Museum of American Art. He has had successful one-man shows in both the United States and Italy.