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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 in the late 30’s till the 70’s, which inspired me.

In my 20’s, I was trained as a theatre actress, writer and filmmaker first at the Esper Studio and then at the New School for Social Research both in Manhattan.  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.  But by 1999, I found that I was falling in love with photography and started seriously studying the craft at the International Center for Photography in N.Y.  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 Nikon digital camera it began my passion for digital photography and archival ink jet printing.

My inspirations come from all traditions of art – film, literature, sculpture, painting and of course from all the amazing photographers of old and new.  



  • Exhibiting Artist, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, LA, CA



  • 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 – Present

  • 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