Passionate and creative artist, with a unique professional background in painting conservation and museum exhibition design.
knowledge and experience in painting, sculpture, print making, and photography
skilled in all aspects of design, color and form/space
knowledge of historical artistic and design movements
attention to detail and aesthetic harmony
confidence in speaking with people
patience and good listening skills
Successfully restored an estimated 200 Russian oil paintings for professional museum exhibitions, auctions, and private collections.
Inspired professional adults to introduce more creativity to their lives through evening painting and drawing classes in The Minneapolis Community Education Program.
Wrote and recorded a music album which has had regular air play on Anchorage''s radio station KNBA, of which one song was awarded Best Country Song in the Alaska Song of the Year 2012 competition.
Successfully lived independently "off the grid" for several years, exposing myself to untold challenges, problem solving, and opportunities for personal growth.
Full time Paintings ConservatorThe Museum of Russian Art － Minneapolis, Minnesota In my two years at The Museum of Russian Art, I was responsible for the conservation and documentation of 19th and 20th century oil paintings, which included many detailed and highly specialized skills. I also worked with the exhibition designs and installation of art works, as well as the processing and packing of on loan pieces.
Self Employed Artist and MusicianNellie ClayI have managed, promoted and booked myself as a musician, performing at many of the main local venues, Alaska State Fair, festivals, private house concerts, and live on air radio performances.
I also, with some regularity, take commissions for different types of oil paintings.
Painting and Drawing InstructorCommunity Education － MInneapolis, mnCreated course structure and taught adults a basic understanding of art history, encouraging personal creative expression through experimentation in various drawing and painting media.
The University of Minnesota － Chicago, MNStudio Fine Arts and Art HistoryIn spite of a couple math related required courses which kept me from completing my degree, I earned more than enough credits for a BFA and had my major BFA exhibition.I was awarded a portfolio based scholarship, nominated for a prestigious Yale painting program, and given special exception to assist in teaching the beginning painting class.
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago － Chicago, ILPainting and Graphic DesignI further strengthened my portfolio through two intense full time summer semesters of oil painting and graphic design concepts.