Nicole Finger Bio

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(b. 1966) As a figurative painter, Nicole is constantly attracted to the connection between the viewer and the subject. She initially approaches her paintings strictly from a visual standpoint. Yet there is an obvious and palpable connection which occurs through the direct eye contact, as well as the emotion and physicality of the subject, whether human or animal. It’s this interaction with the image that she finds most interesting and open to interpretation.

Growing up in Bethesda, Maryland, Nicole was greatly influenced by her artist mother as well as her father’s lifelong passion with owning and racing horses. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Colorado in Boulder, she worked in various art fields, including illustration, in both California and Colorado. Her work continues to show both locally and nationally.

Nicole has lived in Telluride, Colorado for several years surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the San Juan Mountains with her husband and two children whom are a constant inspiration for creative thought, beauty and humor.


University of Colorado 1988 Bachelor of Fine Arts/Studio Art, Boulder CO

National Merit Scholar

1984 Gold Key Award, Corcoran Museum, Washington DC

UCLA art extension painting program; figurative drawing and tromphe o’eil, 1989

Wolf Kahn – landscape painting workshop, La Jolla, CA, 1990

Alyssa Monks workshop, NY Academy of Art, 2014


Exempla, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Denver, CO

Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO

Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver, CO

Children’s Hospital, Parker, CO

St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction, CO

Greeley Hotel, Greeley, CO

Hilton Del Mar, CA

Black Gold Suites, Williston, ND

Element 52, Telluride, CO

Conde Nast Inc., New York NY

Startech International, Denver, CO

Jackson National Life, Franklin, TN

Gray Head Development, Telluride, CO

Telluride Real Estate Corporation, Telluride, CO

360 Real Estate, Telluride, CO

Mike’s Management, Tucson, AZ

First Warning Music, New York, NY

Law Offices of Howard Siegel, Esq. Washington, DC


Southwest Art Magazine, Jan/Feb 2018

Artists Magazine — 2nd place winner of 35th Annual Art Competition, 2018

The Artist’s Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition Finalist, December, 2014

American Art Collector, Art of the Horse, May, 2013

Southwest Art Magazine, Artistic Excellence Competition, December, 2012

Telluride Style Magazine, 2013 “Best of Worldwide- Portrait and Figurative” “Best of Worldwide- Wildlife”

Night of 100 Angels, “Elly Angel,” Book/publication

Telluride Inside and Out interviews, 2009, 2011

Telluride Magazine, Summer/Fall 2008

Forbes Life Mountain Time, July 2008

Telluride Daily Planet, Shades of Grey, July 2013, February 7, 2008, June 6, 2007, November 1, 2006

KOTO Radio interview “Bedrock” February 2007

Telluride Watch, November 6, 2006


2018 “Temptation,” Skidmore Contemporary Art, Santa Monica, CA

2017 36th Annual Telluride Wine Festival Patron Gallery Show, Telluride, CA

2015 “WET,” solo show, 81435, Telluride, CO

2015 Art and Architecture Weekend, Telluride Arts, Telluride, CO

2015 Auberge Resorts, Element 52, Telluride, CO

2015 Seven Arts Gallery, Ridgefield, CT

2013 “Shades of Grey”, Gold Mountain Gallery, Telluride, CO

2012 “Jockey for a Cause”, featured artist, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Win, Place, Show, Rochester Hotel, Durango, CO

Ah Haa School for the Arts, Telluride, CO

Lucas Gallery, Telluride CO

Telluride Gallery of Art, Telluride CO

Honga’s Lotus Petal, Telluride, CO

Auberge Resorts, Element 52, Telluride, CO

Rose Café, Venice CA


Second Place Winner, Artists Magazine 2018 Annual Competition

Honorable Mention Winner, 2017 Artists Magazine All-Media Online Competition

Best Realism, NOAPS Best of America 2017, award sponsored by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine

Artistic Excellence Finalist, Southwest Art Magazine, 2017

Art Steamboat Finalist, Steamboat Springs, CO, 2014

The Artist’s Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition Finalist, Dec. 2014

Arroyo, Contemporary Southwest Realism, Competition & Show, November 2012

Southwest Art Magazine, Artistic Excellence Competition, December, 2012

Colorado Commemorative Monument, San Sophia Station, Telluride, CO

Annual Telluride Plein Air Event, 2008 Juror and 2010 Judge, 2014 Judge

Wild West Fest 2007 featured artist, Sheridan Opera House, Telluride CO

Smithsonian Pinhead Institute, 2006 Telluride Middle School/High School art and science program

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, art instructor for the 2007 WWF mentorship program

Muralist for the historic Depot Building Telluride CO

Received Lucille K. Megee Award