"Astonishing attention to detail creating an abstracted still life out of an every day object as the artist's vision zooms in on a vision of color, shape and form taking the automobile out of mundane everyday existence and transforming it into a dizzying array of color and light." - Bernie McTygue


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2022 Events

Community involvement is the backbone of my life and I often donate original work to local charities to use for silent auction fundraising.  Below is a list of upcoming charity and art society events.

Clinton, CT | Clinton Town Hall

February 1st - April 28th, 2022 ~ Annual Members Exhibition

Clinton Art Society

Accepted work 12 x 36 "Candy apple Chrome"


Madison, CT | Scranton Library

February 14th - March 18th, 2022 ~ Winter Juried Exhibition

Madison Art Society

Awarded First Honorable Mention for acrylic painting 20 x 20 "Tangerine Chrome"


Guilford, CT | Guilford Free Library

March 1st - March 31st, 2022 ~ Guilford Art League Annual Member Show

Acrylic painting 10 x 10 "Little Red Corvette"


Branford, CT | Clifford Beers Builders of Hope

May 17th, 2022 ~ 18th Annual Builders of Hope Breakfast

Donated artwork for the silent auction to raise money to assist children and families with a coordinated system of care to improve family stability, mental health, and wellness.

10 x 10 signed print "Indian Neck, Branford, CT"


Old Lyme, CT | Lyme Academy of Fine Arts

May 8th-29th, 2022 ~ 121st Annual Juried Art Exhibition

New Haven Paint & Clay Club

Acrylic Painting 20 x 20 on Canvas "Buttercup Chrome"


Madison, CT | Scranton Library

May 2nd - June 3rd, 2022 ~ 47th Juried Exhibition

Madison Art Society

Acrylic painting 20 x 20 "Aqua Chrome"

This is the 2nd painting that has been accepted into the MAS annual juried show which moves the artist to "Elected Artist" status.


Guilford, CT | Guilford Art Center Gallery

September 12th - October 1st, 2022 ~ 74th Annual Juried Art Exhibition

Guilford Art League

Acrylic Painting 20 x 20 on Canvas "Buttercup Chrome"


Shoreline Arts Trail '22 Open Studio

November 11th & 12, 2022 ~ Chrome & Coastlines She-Shed-Udio

1315 Long Hill Road, Guilford, CT

The Shoreline ArtsTrail Open Studios Weekend is an annual event hosted each November, and an open Call to Artists occurs from February-April organized by Shoreline Arts Alliance. Approximately 40 member artists who live and work in Branford, Guilford, and Madison show and sell their work during the weekend. Artists with media such as paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, sculpture, photography, textiles, paper and wood are invited to apply for this event. Artists will be considered based on their mastery of methods and materials and professionalism. 


Stonington, CT | The Lobster Trap Tree

November 2022 thru January 2023 ~ Stonington, CT Docks

1 of 54 Connecticut artists chosen for a second year to paint a buoy to be displayed and then auctioned.


2021 Events

Clinton, CT | Clinton Town Hall

July 13th - August 15th, 2021 ~ 72nd Summer Juried Exhibit

Accepted work 20 x 20 "Aqua Chrome"


Branford, CT | Stony Creek Brewery

July 30, 2021 ~ The Comfort for The Cove Silent Auction

Auctioned 12 x 36 "Comfort of the Cove" to benefit the Cove Center for Grieving Children


Madison, CT | Scranton Library

August 9th - September 17th, 2021 ~ 46th Juried Exhibition

Prize winner for acrylic painting 10 x 10 "Snow Chrome - Where's Jerry"


Guilford, CT | Guilford Art Center

September 13th - October 2nd, 2021 ~ 73rd Juried Exhibition

3rd place for acrylic painting 20 x 20 "Aqua Chrome"

Accepted work for acrylic painting 12 x 12 "Crimson Chrome"


Stonington, CT | The Lobster Trap Tree

November 2021 thru January 2022 ~ Stonington, CT Docks

1 of 54 Connecticut Artists chosen to participate. Buoy was auctioned for $85.

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Old Lyme, CT | Lyme Art Association

Deck the Walls Exhibit November 2021 thru January 2, 2022 

Accepted work for acrylic painting "Snow Chrome - Where's Jerry"


About Me

Hello and welcome to my website Chrome and Coastlines.  My name is Nikki Travaglino and I'm a Connecticut native and mechanics daughter.  Growing up on the Connecticut shoreline I've been exposed to many beautiful waterways, marshes, coves & bays.  The shoreline provides an endless supply of natural beauty as subject matter for my paintings.  I'll often go to the same spot at different times of the day to capture the changing colors.  I love painting the reflections of the objects in the water.

At the age of 7 my parents enrolled me in classes at the local art school on Saturday mornings which meant I would go to work with my father to "the station" ... a Mobil gasoline/service station he owned.  Art class in the morning and working with my Dad in the convenience store in the afternoon. I was always around cars and watched my father spend ten years restoring a 1967 Pontiac Tempest Lemans.  For a short time he had a 1972 Chevy Chevelle SS convertible (the one that got away and I still obsess over it) and now a 1950 Chevy Pickup "Buttercup" that has a sweet LS3 engine.

Through the years I've captured thousands of photos at car shows and I love to paint the chrome and the reflections in the paint of the cars.  It's no surprise that I fell in love and married a man who loves automobiles as much as I do and together we created CT Shoreline Cars & Coffee in Guilford, CT.  Every other Sunday for two hours we gather with other car enthusiasts.... Jerry talks to people about their cars and I take photos of them for future reference and manage the Facebook page.  

I graduated from Quinnipiac University with a B.S. in Marketing & Advertising and enjoyed working in the corporate world as a Marketing Director until my first child was born and traveling was no longer an option.  I then switched gears and have enjoyed selling real estate for the past 23 years.  I'm a lifelong art student who has studied at the Paier School of Art and I constantly learn from local artists through classes and demonstrations.

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Nikki Travaglino

Guilford, CT