Pastels
Watercolors
Other Work
Jewelry
Textiles
Polymer - not including
jewelry
Nessa's website is currently being redesigned. Her  previous website
included only paintings. In the past few years, she has expanded her work
to include  Fine Crafts.  Creations in these media are being added to this
site.  Changes to this site are being made frequently, so please check back
occasionally to see newly included work.

While under construction, some parts of this  new site may be a bit casual
or not fully developed. Thank you for your patience during the upgrade.
Welcome to
the website of
Nessa Neilson Morse
In childhood, Nessa  was fortunate to love and study both art and music.  
After high school, she elected to pursue visual arts studies at Kent State
University, Ohio where she earned her B.F.A. in Design and Crafts. In
addition to the traditional study of  design, drawing, painting, sculpture, and
art history, much of her undergraduate work also focused on textile and
fiber arts. Having also discovered the world of theatre design, she went on
to receive her M.A. (with an emphasis in costume design) in theatre at
Montclair State College (now University),  N.J. .  While working full time as
an art teacher, she continued her academic and fine arts studies with
additional coursework in education, computers, and painting.  She also
spent many of her pre-retirement years free lancing as a costume designer
for college theatre departments and for professional summer stock
companies.  

As a high school art teacher in the Middletown, N.J. school district, Nessa
helped develop and teach a wide range of art programs which included fine
arts, crafts, art history, and computer art. Her honors while teaching art at
the high school level include a N.J. Governor’s Recognition Teacher of the
Year Award and a Pratt Institute National Art Teacher’s Award. Additionally,  
she was an adjunct instructor of art for Brookdale Community College for
over fifteen years. Here she taught computer painting and drawing for
interior design for the BCC Fine Art  and Interior Design Departments.  She
received the 2005-2006 Adjunct of the Year Award for the Fine Arts and
Communications Division at Brookdale.

Grateful for the early encouragement of her grammar and high school art
teachers, Lois Eben and Douglas McIlvain, and college design professor,
Mary Ann Fruth, Nessa was fortunate to later pursue her painting studies in
private classes and workshops with many wonderful artists.  Those who
have influenced and helped her the most include Tony Ventura, Roberta
Carter Clark, Frank Csulak, Lee Boynton,  Stan Sperlak, and Richard
McKinley.  

Nessa was instrumental in helping to organize the Plein Air Painters of the
Jersey Coast and served over nine years in a variety of executive positions,
including being its first webmaster. She still serves on membership and
show committees. She is an Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Art
and  also is a member of the Pine Shore Art Association and the New
Jersey Pastel Painters Society.  Her work  has been juried into  local and
state wide shows and she has won awards for her paintings. Her paintings
are included in corporate and private collections.  In December 2012, her
illustrations for the children’s story,
Lights of Imani, were published in
that book by Leah St. James.

In the last few years, she has returned to designing textiles (working in a
variety of fiber arts)  and jewelry . The latter has found her focused on
working with wire and polymer. She is particularly excited about the  depth
and breadth of what is possible with polymer and is very grateful to her
fellow members of the NJ Polymer Clay Guild for their encouragement of
her efforts.
Please use the various links in the left column
to learn about, and to see some of, Nessa's work
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