Interview With Bill Nelson, Artist

Our “Ace Reporter”, Matt Kimbro sent us an interview that he did with Bill Nelson. Instead of me telling you about it, here are Matt’s words:


Greetings to all in “Vent-Land” (by the way, that is what I think Dan should name his collection). I was fortunate to have a sit-down (ok, I emailed him questions and he replied) with well known artist Bill Nelson. Bill is famed for his wonderfully original and beautiful ventriloquist figures, art-dolls, and of course illustrations. I feel very fortunate to be a student of Bills (I’m a “very” amateur artist and an “immature” adult). His work is my number one inspiration (that means I copy his style and try to make mine look like his). I own several of his original illustrations and I’m quite proud to call Bill a friend.

I put on my ACE REPORTER hat and inquired with Bill about doing an interview for Ventriloquist Central thinking that he would respond with a big fat NO, because Bill is quite humble and not a bragger – but thankfully he said, “Yes.”


Matt Kimbro
Ventriloquist Central #1 Ace Reporter

Click here to read Matt’s interview with Bill Nelson


Thanks, Matt for providing this wonderful interview.



Dan Willinger is a ventriloquism enthusiast and ventriloquist figure collector. He has been collecting for over 25 years. His collection of ventriloquist figures now numbers over 100 figures of which there are over 50 Frank Marshall figures. Because of his love for the art of ventriloquism, Mr. Willinger created the website Ventriloquist Central. For more information about the website, go to:

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2 Responses to Interview With Bill Nelson, Artist

  1. Bob Conrad says:

    Great Interview, thanks Matt. Thanks Bill for being so open and shareing.

  2. Larry Harris says:


    One of the best features I have seen on the site and there have been some great ones to say the least. I am very impressed with the questions Matt asked.

    Bill was very informative in his answers and the creative process.

    Best Regards,

    Larry Harris

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