About California Art Advisory

Our mission is to make the art world more transparent and less intimidating.  Holding ourselves to the highest professional and ethical standards, we offer tools and services to guide  our clients through the often complex process of buying, selling or valuing artwork.

Starry Night by Edvard Munch. Image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program

About Nora Desruisseaux

Nora Desruisseaux founded California Art Advisory in 2011, and brings more than ten years of art world experience to her role as senior appraiser and consultant.

She earned her B.A. in History of Art from the University of California Berkeley, graduating with high honors in 2007. While still an undergrad, Nora began work at Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California.  What began as an internship in the fine art department of the estate auction house ultimately grew into a permanent position as department head, responsible for identifying, valuing and cataloging over 500 lots of art each month.

A move to Orange County led to an eight-year position as a gallery director, appraiser and consultant for private and corporate clients.

Nora is currently a member of the Appraisers Association of America and adheres to their Code of Ethics.  She has passed her examination on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and her appraisals are USPAP-compliant.  She is a member of ArtTable

Nora’s published work includes contributions to exhibition catalogs – Michael West: Paintings from the Forties to the Eighties and Andy Wing: Works from 1954-1997 – as well as a research guide for artworks, published by the University of California and accessible online on the Berkeley Art and Architecture library website.  She has appeared as an art appraiser on the reality television show Storage Wars, and her art advisory work has been featured on the design website Style by Emily Henderson.