We are pilgrims in this life, each on our own journey

Through my photographs, poems, writing, and paintings, this website reflects what I am seeing, experiencing, and feeling as I travel on my path 

Please pause and browse here, and if you have thoughts to share please do so by email at

Thank you,

                                                                   Robert Nielsen


Welcome to my website:  Pilgrim-Arts & Arts-Pélerin

“. . . and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”  (Micah 6:8)


FEATURED WRITING  Christmas: Adam and Dylan and Me (Click on Title)

November 3 - December 17, 2017: Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, California

My image, Starfall, printed on metal, contributed to the Museum’s annual Holiday exhibition and fundraiser. (The image is in Shared Photos (click on title) in “Photography,” above)


April - May, 2017: Monterey Public Library, Monterey, California

“Local Color” -- an exhibition of my images, all photographed in Carmel Valley (see these images under “Local Color” (click on title) in “Photography,” below):


November 4 - December 23, 2017: Center for Photographic Art, Carmel,  California

My montage, Mom . . . number one fan . . . accepted into online gallery of the Center for Photographic Art 2017 International Juried Exhibition


April 3 - 14, 2018: Jadite Gallery, New York, via New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA)

Two exhibitions, “Patterns and Shadows” and “One” . . . in each of which I have an image . . . Monterey Morning, which is a Juror’s Selection in “Patterns and Shadows,” and Day One -- Soberanes Fire, 2016, which is the Grand Prize Winner in “One”


Catalogues are available via Blurb:

    “Patterns and Shadows” --

    “One” --


May, 2018: New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA)

Honorable Mention for Waiting Window . . . Monterey Airport . . . in NYC4PA International Call for Entry, “Portals.” See the image as a Featured Image under Photographs, below in the website, or by clicking HERE.

Catalogue available via Blurb:

    “Portals” --



May 14, 2018: McGowan House, Monterey, California

Reading Dylan Thomas . . . "The Hand That Signed the Paper" . . . so fitting in these times . . . celebrating "Dylan Day 2018" . . . (photo by Kathy Nielsen)

May 27 - July 29, 2018: Congregation Beth Israel, Carmel Valley, California

Reprise of Starfall for 2018 Fundraiser Exhibition

June 24, 2018, and Ongoing: The Sargent House, Salinas, California, Headquarters of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real

Opening of Exhibition of works by Northern California Artists, including my images, Let There Be Light and Portal   (photos by Andrew Nielsen)

July 10 - 28, 2018: Carmel Bach Festival

My image, Cloistered, part of the the 2018 Bach Festival Art Exhibition and Fundraiser.  (to see the image, go to Featured Images, above, or click HERE) (photo by Ben Roberts)

September, 2018: New York Center for Photographic Art (NYC4PA)

My images, “Summer Reading” and “Salinas Summer”  (click on titles) received Honorable Mention Awards in the NYC4PA International Open Call for Entry “Summer 2018” on-line exhibition

July 7 - August 12, 2018: Center for Photographic Art, Carmel

2018 Members Juried Exhibition, including my image, . . . and they shall beat their swords into plowshares . . .   (to see the image, go to Featured Images, above, or click HERE) (photo by James Messer)

June 5, 2018: McGowan House, Monterey, California

Reading my poems/images as part of “Transformance,” a Summer Solstice 2018 Celebration . . . (photo by John Dotson)

October 31, 2018: Lenscratch

My image, “Decision Time” (click on title) in the LENSCRATCH “In the Dead of the Night” on-line Exhibition 

September 8 - November 4, 2018: Center for Photographic Art, Carmel

My image, “Cloistered” (click on title) in the 2018 CPA 8x10 Fundraiser Exhibition, CPA Gallery, Sunset Center, Carmel. 

November 11, 2018: St. James Episcopal Church, Monterey

Sharing my thoughts and poems in connection with the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day . . . the end of “the War to End All War” . . . Veterans Day, 2018