Nicole lives in San Francisco, California and works out of a studio in East Oakland. 

She is a visual artist, mural painter, and co-host of Beyond the Studio podcast. 

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Studio process

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Artist statement

"I believe in the power and importance of play, surprise, and experimentation. I strive to create work that is both joyful and complex—attracting viewers from afar with bright colors and energetic compositions, and rewarding viewers up close with more densely layered, fluctuating spaces.

My interest in painting stems from my childhood love of animation, and the process of bringing static images to life using color, light, and the repetition of shapes. 

Today, my work still aims to draw parallels between animation and abstraction—which both simplify, exaggerate, and select from reality—while further emphasizing painting's unique and defining relationship between surface and space. 

My current work is rooted in collage as both medium and metaphor, and explores relationships between painting, animation, abstraction, as well as time, movement, color, and potential. I make large mixed media collages, abstract collage-like animations, and most recently an immersive "stained glass" window installation. 

Within this work, I am pursuing a balance between chaos and control, the spontaneous and intentional, exuberant and complex. Navigating the space between dichotomies is what motivates and inspires my work. 

Each piece includes moments of punctuation, sometimes comically loud or abrupt, colliding colors and shapes, and depicts a world of continuous convergence, dissipating boundaries, and in celebration of paradox."




Washington Post review of First Cut by Mark Jenkins

Washington City Paper review of First Cut by Kriston Capps


2015  Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2013  Proyecto 'ACE, Buenos Aires, AR

2012–13  Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD  


2008-11  Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), BFA Painting,                           Concentration Illustration, Magna Cum Laude, Baltimore, MD

2011-12  LeaderShape Institute, Baltimore Collegetown

2007  Marie Walsh Sharpe Summer Seminar, Colorado Springs, CO


2017  Mark M. Glickman and Lanette M. McClure Artist Award

2010-11  MICA Painting Recognition Award

2008  National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Honorable Mention Award

2007  Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Scholar


2018  TBD (upcoming), (Solo Exhibition), Pence Gallery, Davis, CA

2017  A Midnight Dream in San Francisco, Curate Art / La COIA, San Francisco, CA

2016  First Cut, (Solo Exhibition), VisArts, Rockville, MD

2015  Distorted Perspectives, Artists Circle Fine Art, North Potomac, MD

2014  Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Frame Arts Warehouse, Manitoba, Canada

2014  New Works: Nicole Mueller, (Solo Exhibition), St Paul's School for Girls, Baltimore, MD

2013  Estudio Abierto, Proyecto 'ACE, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2013  MICA Alumni Presents: 60s Retro, Griffin Art Center, Frederick, MD

2013  JUMBO SHRIMP, International Arts Movement, New York, NY

2013  AIR '13 End of Year Show, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD

2013  Appetizer, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD

2012  12 x 12, Creative Paradox, Annapolis, MD

2012  MICA Commencement Exhibition, Fox 220 Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2011  Juried Undergraduate Exhibition (Jurors: Doreen Bolger & Philippa Hughes),         Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2011  Synthspiration III part 2, The Light Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2011  Synthspiration III part 1, Studio of the Arts, Annapolis, MD

2010  Small Wonders, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD

2010  Salon No. 7, Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD

2010  Juried Undergraduate Exhibition, Decker Gallery, Baltimore, MD


JPMorgan Chase

Maryland Institute College of Art

Kaiser Permanente

ProMark Real Estate

Markham Law Group

American Campus Communities

Private collections across U.S.


2015  Gilman School (Senior Art Thesis Guest Judge)

2014  St. Paul's School for Girls (Visiting Artist, Workshop Leader)

2013  LeaderShape Institute (Guest Leader Panel)