Jane Nicolo About PhotoWhile attending Minneapolis College of Art + Design, I began my career as a graphic designer. Fine art, however, has been my central focus since my first child, Frannie, was born. Portraiture was the starting point for my fine art practice–which started with a pastel portrait of Frannie. It felt like a natural progression from the illustrative projects I’d been involved in as a designer.

I still work in realism, however, in recent years, much of my work has been conceptual or abstract. Most of my fine art has been commissioned work but I’ve also been involved in some juried group exhibitions. I’ve been a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities, but my work’s reach extends beyond the area as well as outside the state of Minnesota.

Motherhood, my connection to the natural world, and music rank as my most important inspirations. I am a passionate learner and I enjoy collaborating and experimenting in a variety of styles and media. I am devoted to the environment and am concerned about many social issues.

When I’m not making art, I enjoy spending time with my family, attending concerts at local venues, running, and sinking my teeth into home-improvement projects. I support charitable causes by regularly donating my time and art. I strive to always be evolving as an artist and human being.