Nicole Ockmond

Artist + Nicole Ockmond

"Ya just where ya are & dat's where it's at" Dr. John.

I have been drawing since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Painting came a little later but not by much. I was born and raised in New Orleans until my parents divorced. My mom remarried a military man and so we moved around a bit and it was hard to make friends but I always had my art to occupy my time. My mother was a pianist and she did a little dabbling around in the paint so she tried to teach me what she knew. I didn't have any formal art training until maybe high school & then I learned how to draw circles, lines, and the fundamentals in college. That was also where I got to paint with oils for the first time and my professor told me I was a natural. None of my professors were sticklers for technique, they allowed us just to play around and figure things out or maybe that's just the way I remember it. Painting really was my first true love until music came into my life.

For about 10 years I abandoned my first love without a second thought except for an occasional commission or entry into a show.  I was a singer in a blues band and that was immediate gratification and audience interactive. So different from my first love painting who required hours of solo work without any exposure to the outside world. I learned how to play guitar so I could accompany myself and tell my own stories, interned at a local studio to learn the recording process & gigged in and around New Orleans.  I also needed to pay the bills so up until recently I had a full time job as a buyer and retail manager.

I put the finishing touches on an album I had in the can and needed artwork for the cover. There was zero budget so I decided to do portraits of my trio to use as the album artwork.  That was in 2017 and I released the CD in December of that year. At the time I was managing 6 retail spaces so I knew I would not have time to do a CD release party until spring of 2018. To make it special I decided to do portraits of the musicians that contributed on that album and hold a combined art show & CD release party in May of 2018. The "Something Out Of Nothing" show was held at Treo on Tulane Ave. Later that same year I had a one woman show "With a Little Help From My Friends" at The Artisan Cafe on St. Claude in October/November of 2018. Again combining my two loves art & music, I  showcased my paintings and my trio performed each month during the St. Claude Art Walk. 

My creative process is just one foot in front of the other,  taking and making the next logical step in the unfolding and ever evolving act of creating and discovery. I never know what I'm gonna get up to but I'm excited to see. One thing I know for sure, it will continue to involve all of the characters of New Orleans that I am constantly inspired by.

 

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Bicycle in the Marigny
Lyla Clayre Illustration / Painting
Lyla Clayre
High Tide
Debbie Boyd Painting
Debbie Boyd
Abstract #2
Toné Lowe Painting
Toné Lowe
Aftermath
Rebecca Birtel Madura Painting
Rebecca Birtel Madura
Kermit Ruffins : BBQ swinger
Gabriel Flores New Orleans Paint and Design
Painting
Gabriel Flores
The Blues
Darlene Langendonk Art Impressions
Painting
Darlene Langendonk
"Mariel"
Brett Henderson Painting
Brett Henderson
Harley Baby
Rise Delmar Ochsner Painting
Rise Delmar Ochsner
Swamp Goddess Print
Saegan Swanson Painting
Saegan Swanson
I am Enough
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly Gator Girl Art
Painting
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly
Lenny
Lionel Milton Elleone
Painting
Lionel Milton
Wildlife
Mary Singleton Painting
Mary Singleton
Infinite Sadness
Jeremy Paten Mixed Media / Painting
Jeremy Paten
Blushing Oyster Original Painting
Sarah Nelson Sarah Nelson Fine Art
Painting
Sarah Nelson
A Snowbird's Winter
Michael Eble Painting
Michael Eble
'Mono No Aware' Fine Art Print
Heather Bird Harris Painting
Heather Bird Harris
Temperance (XIV)
Margaux Hymel Art by Gaux Gaux
Painting
Margaux Hymel
Land Before Time II
Leroy Miranda Jr. Painting
Leroy Miranda Jr.
Fragility- Fine Art Print
Kate Hanrahan Illustration / Mixed Media / Painting
Kate Hanrahan
Orgullo
MILAGROS Collective Painting
MILAGROS Collective
Terrance Strikes a Pose on Lafitte Street
Drew Cooke Mixed Media / Painting
Drew Cooke
Confluence of Emotions in a Field
Donald Fontenot Painting
Donald Fontenot
Circus Pig – on Chartres Near NOCCA
Ramiro Diaz Painting
Ramiro Diaz
The Godfather of Soul
Lucille Anderson Lucille Blues
Painting
Lucille Anderson
Pictures at an Exhibition
Stephanie Reed Painting
Stephanie Reed
Yugen - Archival Print of Mixed Media Abstract on Watercolor Paper
Rachel Rice-Baham Painting / Mixed Media
Rachel Rice-Baham
Blue Roots 1
Emma Fick Painting
Emma Fick
Dr. John: "The Night Tripper"
Max Bernardi Painting
Max Bernardi
Science Mural
Brent Houzenga Painting
Brent Houzenga
Red Cloud 12.01
George Dolgy Painting
George Dolgy
seen
Jessica Strahan JHand Paints
Painting
Jessica Strahan
Sunset Wind
Daryl D. Johnson Painting
Daryl D. Johnson
No Coasters Needed
Kristen Albrecht Mixed Media / Painting
Kristen Albrecht
"The March"
Meghan Methe Painting
Meghan Methe
Summer Song
Anne McLeod Painting
Anne McLeod
Scene from 'Alligator' (1980)
Thomas Deaton Painting
Thomas Deaton
Aggressive or Soft
Katie Yaquinto Painting
Katie Yaquinto
Awake Print on Cotton Paper
Josie Azuma Painting
Josie Azuma
Unbroken Shadows
Blair Dupre Painting
Blair Dupre
Festival des Acadiens
Devin De Wulf Folk / Outsider Art / Painting / Photography
Devin De Wulf
Head to Toe
Kris Muntan Painting
Kris Muntan
Moon Moss
Stephen Rooney Painting
Stephen Rooney
Bird Watching
Ember Soberman Painting / Mixed Media
Ember Soberman
"Blues on the Bayou" in memory of BB King
George McClements Painting
George McClements
Meeting Notes #185
Sean Clark Painting
Sean Clark
Waiter/Waitress
Alexandra Kilburn Illustration / Painting
Alexandra Kilburn
Le Bon Temp Roule
Nurhan Gokturk Illustration / Painting
Nurhan Gokturk
Watson 101 Print
Bruce Corona Drawing / Mixed Media / Painting
Bruce Corona
"Hubig Pies and a Barq's"
John Turner Painting
John Turner
Ascending Trees
Louise Guidry Encaustic / Monotype / Painting / Printmaking
Louise Guidry
Limerita Angelica
Rayne Bories Painting
Rayne Bories
Glissando
Connor McManus Mixed Media / Painting
Connor McManus
Grey Green Ladder
Julie Silvers Julie Silvers Art
Painting
Julie Silvers
"India"
Ceaux . Ceaux Artwork
Painting
Ceaux .
Zulu Uptown
Sean Randall Painting
Sean Randall
Alejandra
Katie Kut Painting
Katie Kut
Pink Cadillac
Cheryl Anne Grace Painting
Cheryl Anne Grace
Close Encounter
Maddie Stratton Painting
Maddie Stratton
Golden Hour
Anne Blenker Painting
Anne Blenker
Shattered Shorty
Patrick Henry Victory Arts
Painting
Patrick Henry
Blue Notecard
Shelby Little Painting
Shelby Little
Tomb of The Unknown Slave
Queen Hope Parker Queen Hope Poetic Art
Painting
Queen Hope Parker
Landscape Layers
Kat Ryalls Painting
Kat Ryalls
Tylor and His Dog Lemon
Paige DeVries Painting
Paige DeVries
Buddy Bolden
Connie Kittok Painting
Connie Kittok
AGATE EARTHTONES
Lori Sperier Mixed Media / Painting
Lori Sperier
Okra Farms: Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, LA
Miro Hoffmann Painting
Miro Hoffmann
The Neighborhood
Ella Albrecht Painting
Ella Albrecht
LYRS
Gabrielle Tolliver Painting
Gabrielle Tolliver
Mardi Gras Ball
Lee Morais Painting
Lee Morais
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