Christine Finkelson

Christine Finkelson

Solana Beach, CA, United States

About Christine Finkelson

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.


-International Center for Photography, Parsons, NYC
-The New School For Social Research, NYC
-Esper Studio, NYC


April 2019 - September 2019 - Art & Commerce: The Cedros Avenue Night Stroll is on the last Thursday of each month. The CF Fine Art Photography Gallery will be having a new exhibition each month and the openings will be on the evenings of the Night Stroll. There will be art, music and refreshments. 5pm - 8p.m. at the Cedros Design District on South Cedros Avenue, Solana Beach, CA 92075

October 10 - 13, 2019 - Exhibiting at the Art San Diego at the San Diego Convention Center, VIP Preview (Invitation Only) Thursday, October 10, 2019 hosted by UBS 5-9PM, Friday, October 11, 1pm - 5pm Free; Collector's VIP Opening Night 6pm - 9pm; Saturday, October 12, 12pm - 8pm; Sunday, October 13, 12pm - 5pm . | 111 W Harbor Dr. Hall E, 92101 |

October 4 - 8, 2017 - Exhibiting at the Andaz Hotel during Fashion Week SD, Opening events October 5, 2017 6PM, 600 F Street 92101 |

January 12 - February 18, 2017 - Exhibiting at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Opening reception, Saturday, January 14th 6 - 9PM, 104 East Fourth Street, LA, CA 90013

November 1 - 14, 2016 - Exhibiting at the Hyde Art Gallery, Opening reception, November 10th 5 - 7PM, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020 /

July 26 - October 24, 2016 - Exhibiting at the Del Mar Art Center, Season Three, Opening reception, August 6th 5 - 8PM, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 314, Del Mar, CA 92014

October 30- November 22, 2015 - The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild Group show, "Borders" At Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Poway, California

April 18 - July 26, 2015 - Video Presentation, 100 Years 100 Artists, Oceanside Museum

July 28, - October 25, 2015- Exhibiting at the Del Mar Art Center, Season Three, Opening reception, August 6th 5 - 8PM, 1555 Camino Del Mar, Suite 314, Del Mar, CA 92014

June 20 - September 20, 2015 2015 - Group Show, "Coded Representations of Power, Lyceum Gallery, San Diego

May 27 - June 8, 2015 - Group Show at Gallery 21, Balboa Park, San Diego

April 2015 - Group Show, Oceanside Museum of Art Southfair Gallery, Del Mar, CA

June 20 - 29, 2014, Exhibiting in The 3rd Annual CA 101 Art Exhibition at The Pier Plaza Galleries, Redondo Beach, CA. The opening reception is June 20, 2014 from 5pm - 9pm.

October 31 - November 25, 2014 - Group show, "Illuminations", at the Poway Center for The Performing Arts.

March 26 - April 2014, Exhibiting in a group show by The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild Group show, “Made In San Diego” at the Poway Center for The Performing Arts.

January 2 -13, 2014- Group show, "Reflections", Gallery 21, Spanish Village, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

September 2013, Exhibiting in a group show, “The Story Of The Creative”, in New York at the See / Exhibition Space in Long Island City.

September 7 - October 2013, Exhibiting in a Juried International Exhibition with The San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, “Contemporary Expressionism: The Creative Spirit, San Diego, CA. The independent juror is Derrick R. Cartwright, PhD, who is the director of University Galleries of SD and Professor of Practice, Art History.

June 8 - July 4, 2013 Exhibiting 8 photographs at the San Diego County Fair, four photographs in the Digital Photography Division and four in the iPhonography photograph collages in the Cell Phone Photo Division.

June 7 - June 16, 2013 exhibiting in a group show, “CA 101 2013” at a pop-up gallery in the AES Power Plant in Redondo Beach, CA, 1100 N Harbor Drive, 90277

June 13 - July 6, 2013 exhibiting in a group show, “Electron Salon” at LACDA in Los Angeles, 102 West 5th Street, LA 90013. Opening reception June 13th 7-9pm

January 20 - March 9th, 2013, juried group exhibit at the William Cannon Art Gallery the Jurors were Chantel Paul, Asst. Curator for the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, San Diego & Scott Canty, Dir. of the LA Municipal Art Gallery, & Dir. of Exhibitions at the Palos Verdes Art Cent