A traditional still life and figure painter, B. Nicole Klassen received art schooling at San Jose State University where she is proud to have had Maynard Dixon "Dick" Stewart as an instructor. She further developed her skills under the instruction of the brilliant painter, Robert K. Semans.
Nicole had her first one-person show in 1994 at the Alma Gilbert Gallery in Burlingame, has exhibited at the New Masters Gallery and Gallery Elite, both in Carmel, and also the previous location of the Bingham Gallery in San Jose, all these in California. She has had four more one-person shows at Winstanley-Roark Fine Arts in Massachusetts. Her work was in two group shows at the Cahoon Museum of Art in Massachusetts and five more at the Triton Museum of Art in California, one at which she received their Bronze Award and thrice an Honorable Mention. Nicole currently exhibits at Gallerie Amsterdam in Carmel, California, Robert Paul Galleries in Stowe, Vermont, Blue Heron Gallery in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, Eisele Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio and Aspen Gallery in Tokyo, Japan.
Collectors hold Nicole's pieces in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. Some notable acquisitions are a still life bought by Alma Gilbert to hang in the house of the late Maxfield Parrish, and a Madonna purchased and displayed by The Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama. She received honors from the Art Renewal Center for three still lifes and a figure piece. These paintings are published in their 2005, 2011 and 2016 catalogs. In addition, Nicole was twice a finalist in International Artist magazine's still life competition and her pieces appear in the October/November 2005 and October/November 2008 issues. The editor asked her to write an article and demonstration, which is published as a ten-page article in the June/July 2007 issue. She has another ten-page article published in the August/September 2010 International Artist magazine. Nicole was also featured as one of the nation's "Leading Ladies of Painting" in the January 2006 issue of American Art Collector.
Nicole has always been enthralled by the art of the old masters. She spent two trips to Europe studying the paintings in the great museums. She is constantly striving to perfect her art by studying the masters of our time and the past.