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Marta Nelson

Marta Nelson


Portrait by Donna Granata - 1997               

Marta Nelson

Since winning her first art scholarship at age 10, Marta Nelson has continued a career in fine arts.

A life-long love affair with drawing the human figure developed when she attended her first “life” classes at Chouinard’s Art Institute, and later, after many years of teaching painting and sculpture, she discovered the joys of print-making, mostly intaglio and relief techniques.

Nelson has lived and painted in Ojai for over twenty years. She along with Bert Collins and Gayel Childress conceived the first Ojai Artists Studio Tour. Her art often reflects her interest in dance, her garden and Ojai itself. She works in both acrylic and watercolor and several printmaking techniques. Her paintings and prints hang in private collections across the United States and from Mexico to Japan.

She, along with Gayel Childress and Bert Collins, founded the Ojai Studio Artist’s Tour in the late 1980s. The results have been thousands of dollars contributed to arts education as well as tremendous economic vitality to the Ojai Studio Artists and the community of Ojai. In addition, these three women have been instrumental to the success of the Ojai Art Center helping to shape its future for generations to come. Gayel creates her work within her gallery and frame shop located in Ojai.

Marta Nelson's documentation took place in 1997 & 2006 and was sponsored by Paula Spellman.  The FOTM Archive contains extensive information about this artist. To learn more about Marta Nelson please visit: