Nessa Neilson Morse was fortunate to love and study both art and music in childhood. After high school, she elected to pursue visual arts studies at Kent State University, Ohio, where she earned her B.F.A. 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 University, NJ.
During the thirty-three years she taught high school art for the Middletown, NJ, school district, Nessa helped develop and teach a wide range of art programs which included fine arts, crafts, art history, and computer art. She received teaching awards at the local, state, and national levels. She also spent many of those years freelancing as a costume designer for college theatre departments and for professional summer stock companies. For over ten years, she has been an adjunct instructor of art at Brookdale Community College. She is currently teaching computer painting and drawing for interior design for the BCC art department. Nessa received the 2005-2006 adjunct of the year award for the Fine Arts and Communications Division at Brookdale.
Grateful for the early encouragement of art teachers Lois Eben and Douglas McIlvain, for over twenty five years, Nessa has pursued her painting studies with many wonderful artists. Those who have influenced her the most include Tony Ventura, Roberta Carter Clark, Frank Csulak, Lee Boynton, Stan Sperlak, and Joe Hing Lowe. Most of Nessa’s work is created in watercolors or pastels. She has received awards for both media. Her work is included in private and public collections throughout the country, particularly in the northeast. She is a member of the Guild of Creative Art, Pine Shores Art Association, the NJ Pastel Painters Society, and the Plein Air Painters of the Jersey Coast (for which group she currently serves as secretary and webmaster).
Nessa sums up her feelings about her artwork in this statement: “Finding the special moments and moods of everyday places and trying to capture their essence in my work is my challenge and delight. Sharing them through my paintings is my pleasure.”