Nellie Gail Moulton Exhibit

“In the legacy left to me, in the name of my husband, in memory of his humanitarianism, I have endeavored, in my donations to community projects, to help, to, hopefully, encourage the spirit of creativeness and enjoyment of the arts, for there is one thing I believe will never fade into oblivion – beauty in literature, painting, music, the drama – no matter how some, for whatever motive, will agitate to bring true talent to ridicule – those who appreciate and know its worth will never let it die.”
— Nellie Gail Moulton​

Nellie Gail Moulton was a teacher, mother, wife, rancher, philanthropist and artist that lived an extraordinary life to the fullest. She traveled the country and the world multiple times by ground, sea and air. She painted along the way. The Moulton Museum has been collecting and preserving the original works of Nellie Gail Moulton for some time and hopes to show the depth of her work in a public exhibitions.

Nellie on Exhibit

At Casa Romantica until November 15, 2020. The closing reception will take place on Friday, November 13, 2020. Visit the gallery at 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672. Please check their site,, for COVID-19 safety protocols.

Nellie Gail Moulton photography reproduced from The Western Woman, Volume IX - Number 10, October, November, December, 1939 (2018.08.01)

Visit this dedicated page to her lifetime achievements. 

Laguna Main Beach, circa 1935, Nellie Gail Moulton. Collection of Stephanie Hibbits.

An avid en plein air artist that painted her entire life, Nellie was dedicated to the craft and studied with renowned artists William Wendt, Anna Hills, and Frank Cupien among others. With the benefit of those influences, along with her keen eye and brilliant use of color, her works reflect the rich beauty of nature and landscapes throughout California and beyond. Moulton Museum has collected, preserved and archived many of her sketches as well as her oil on board and canvas creations. These pieces will be on display at Moulton Museum and will be part of future exhibits at our partner sites. 

The Moulton Family - portrait photo with Nellie Gail, Lewis, Charlotte and Louise. The family is sitting for a formal portrait around 1920, based on Louise's approximate age as six years old and Charlotte as ten years old. (2017.05.273)

Digitized images of her experiences as a teacher and owner of Moulton Ranch.

A Study for a California landscape, c. 1930 Oil on artist's board, Collection of Moulton Museum (2017.01.18.a)

Each Nellie Gail Moulton painting and sketch has been carefully conserved for long-term preservation. This treatment extends the lifespan of each piece for future generations to enjoy.

Balboa Park Lily Pond and House of Hospitality (2017.01.51)
Before After

“She was a painter who desired to meld two approaches to the landscape. In her best work, she deftly balances both the painterly plein-air and the linear and classical to celebrate the natural world.”

Jonathan Burke

President of Laguna College of Art + Design

"Shack at Fisherman's Cove, Laguna" (2017.01.06)

View the entire collection here.

If you own an original Nellie Gail Moulton painting and would like to sell it or make it available for photographing, please contact Jared Mathis at or call at 949-450-6285.

error: All images are copyright of the Moulton Museum.

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