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Christine Finkelson, bio, photography, photographer, fine art, contemporary art, contemporary photography, Solana Beach, California, artist

I was raised in New Jersey with New York as my background. I grew up surrounded by photography. My grandfather was an avid and keen amateur photographer who inspired me. I started with my instant Polaroid camera when I was 12 – it was a little piece of magic to me at the time.

In my 20’s, I was trained as an actress, writer and filmmaker at the Esper Studio and the New School for Social Research, both in New York City. During this period, I always had a camera with me and really started sharpening my eye as a photographer. I moved to New York in 1994 to continue my career as an actress. However, I slowly found that I was falling in love with photography and started seriously studying the craft at the International Center for Photography in N.Y.C. trading in footlights for strobe lights. It started with black and white film – shooting, developing and printing; then color film and printing. When I received my first digital camera my passion began for digital photography and archival pigment ink jet printing. In 2012, I moved from New York City to San Diego where I am currently located.

Photography in my mind has evolved out of painting. A painter will select a cropped image of a scene with their eyes and begin to paint, I approach my images the same way -- for the most part cropping in camera. Many people mistake my photographs for paintings, which I love and secretly encourage.

I am inspired by my international travels and all traditions of art – film, literature, sculpture, painting and of course from all the amazing photographers from the past to the present. 
In 2018, I opened my first working studio and boutique gallery in Solana Beach, CA on Cedros in the Design District. The gallery features my diverse photography with works in progress and finished pieces all which are printed on site. All of the photographs are archival, museum quality, pigment ink prints. In addition, I print on a variety of museum grade fine art papers and metals.

My photographs are in private and corporate collections. In 2017 the Andaz Hotel, in downtown San Diego, licensed two of my photographs to create a large mural in their primary event space.

I have served on the boards of the San Diego Museum of Art Artist’s Guild and the Del Mar Art Center as both an artist and director.



  • Exhibiting Artist, Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair, SD Convention Center



  • Exhibiting Artist, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, LA, CA
  • Exhibiting at the Andaz Hotel during Fashion Week SD



  • Mural,: The Andaz Hotel (Hyatt) licenses  two photographs from “Hobart Abstract” Series to create a full wall mural
  • Exhibiting Artist, Pop-Up Art Exhibit, SD Museum of Art Artists Guild, Hyde Art Gallery, El Cajon, CA
  • Exhibiting Artist at the Del Mar Art Center, Del Mar, CA



  • Video presentation, 100 Years 100 Artists, Oceanside Museum
  • Juried Int’l Exhibition, Borders, Poway, CA
  • Group Show, Coded Representations of Power, Lyceum Gallery, SD
  • Group Show, SD Museum of Art Artists Guild Centennial Exhibition, Gallery 21, SD
  • Group Show, Oceanside Museum of Art, Southfair Gallery in Del Mar, CA
  • Exhibiting Artist at the Del Mar Art Center, Del Mar, CA



  • Juried Group show, CA 101 Art Exhibition, Redondo Beach
  • Juried Group Show, Made in San Diego, Poway


2014 – 2017:

  • Artist and Board Member of the Del Mar Art Center Gallery, Del Mar CA



  • Group Show, The Story of Creative, New York City
  • Juried Int’l Exhibition, Contemporary Expressionism, San Diego
  • Exhibited in the San Diego County Fair
  • Juried Group Show, CA 101 Annual Art Exhibition, Redondo Beach
  • Group Show, Electron Salon, Los Angeles
  • Juried Group Show, William Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad
  • Book: Featured Artist, “Mobile Digital Art, Using the iPad & iPhone as Creative Tools” by David Scott Leibowitz, focal press [pages 278 – 283]


2013 – 2015

  • Member Artist and Board Member of the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, San Diego, CA


  • Solo Show, Hidden Messages, at the New Art Center, New York City
  • Juried Group Show, iPhonography, Austin Details Gallery, Austin Texas
  • Group Show, Int’l Assoc. of Mobile Digital Artists, New York City
  • Group Show, iPhone Photographic Collages, Windsor Art Center, Windsor CT
  • Book: Featured Art Work, “Sculpture and Design with Recycled Glass” by Cindy Ann Coldiron



  • Group Show and Conference, International Assoc. of Mobile Digital Artists, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY
  • Group Show, iPhone Photographic Collages, Windsor Art Center, Windsor, CT