Nellie Gail Moulton Exhibit

The Nellie Gail Moulton Exhibit was a retrospective exhibition of 39+ en plein air paintings and drawings that captured the rich beauty of nature while showcasing Nellie’s keen eye for detail and use of color. 

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Nellie Gail Moulton

Nellie Gail Moulton was a teacher, wife, mother, rancher, philanthropist, and artist that lived an extraordinary life. Born on December 8, 1878, Nellie grew up with an appreciation for education and a love for painting the natural scenery that lay before her throughout her travels. 

After marrying a successful rancher, Lewis Fenno Moulton, on November 28, 1908, Nellie began to explore her pioneer spirit as she took on shared ranching responsibilities alongside her husband. As pivotal models for the Orange County ranching and cattle community, Nellie continued to explore her interests in the arts. 

Nellie’s ability to capture and preserve pristine nature en plein air paved the way to great partnerships with various local artists and organizations. Her en plein air techniques were acquired from notable Southern California artists such as William Wendt, Anna Hills, Frank Cuprien, and Edgar Payne. 

Moulton Museum is proud to collect and preserve the original works of Nellie Gail Moulton as a representation of the power of her pioneer spirit.  

Did You Know?

  • Nellie became a lifelong member of the Laguna Beach Art Association, serving as president from 1948-1949.
  • In 1961, Nellie became a founding member of the Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD).
  • Nellie’s work was featured from September 2018-March 2019 at the Pasadena Museum of History in the Something Revealed: California Women Artists Emerge, 1860-1960 show curated by Maurine St. Gaudens Studios. 


The Nellie Gail Moulton Exhibit features her sketches and paintings in Nellie’s Gallery. This series of conserved fine art has been on a traveling exhibit with our partners. It will be on view to the public until December 31, 2022. We have a artist-in-residency program. Please inquire for details.

An avid en plein air painter, Nellie belongs to a larger movement of female artists who have recently gained significant recognition for their contributions to the arts. Nellie created art throughout her entire life and studied with renowned artists such as William Wendt, Anna Hills, Frank Cuprien, and Edgar Payne (also showcased within this exhibition). Her work captures the rich beauty of nature, expressing her keen eye for detail and impressive use of color.

Past Exhibits

LCAD 2021 in Laguna Beach

Past Exhibit

Sep 3 – Dec 31, 2022

25256 Cabot Rd. 
Laguna Hills, CA 92653  

Featured from the Exhibit