Nelia's artistic career began when she was selected from among New York City high school students to exhibit her work at Lever House, where she sold her first painting. She works in acrylic on canvas and has a distinctive style utilizing bold brush strokes. Nelia studied on scholarship at the Art Students League and attended the School of Visual Arts and the Jamaica (NY) Art Center. Her work has been presented in two-person shows at Fountain Gallery and Gallery New World Stages. Nelia has also exhibited and sold her work through Club Access, a non-profit organization.