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.

 

meet the artists

We are a community of New Orleans visual artists. We are painters, sculptors, photographers & illustrators.
We are craftsmen and metal workers, printmakers and textile artists.
We make and create original & one of a kind artworks handcrafted right here in New Orleans.

Esplanade Ave.
Lyla Clayre Illustration / Painting
Lyla Clayre
Wet Bread
Thomas Deaton Painting
Thomas Deaton
The Cathedral
Ceaux . Ceaux Artwork
Painting
Ceaux .
Avens
Margaux Hymel Art by Gaux Gaux
Painting
Margaux Hymel
Adorned One
Lori Sperier Mixed Media / Painting
Lori Sperier
White On White #8
Brent Houzenga Painting
Brent Houzenga
Naturia Piper
Leeaux . Illustration / Painting
Leeaux .
Pink Grey Water
Julie Silvers Julie Silvers Art
Painting
Julie Silvers
Golden Light
Anne Blenker Painting
Anne Blenker
Blow Pop
Jessica Strahan JHand Paints
Painting
Jessica Strahan
Alejandra
Katie Kut Painting
Katie Kut
Seekers of Light
Kate Hanrahan Illustration / Mixed Media / Painting
Kate Hanrahan
Harley Baby
Rise Delmar Ochsner Painting
Rise Delmar Ochsner
Simple Instructions
Bruce Corona Drawing / Mixed Media / Painting
Bruce Corona
Slice of Earth - Plains
Ella Albrecht Painting
Ella Albrecht
Woman #1
Toné Lowe Painting
Toné Lowe
Pineapple 104
Drew Cooke Mixed Media / Painting
Drew Cooke
Chartreuse
Brett Henderson Painting
Brett Henderson
Let Go
Bryan Brown Art by Bryan Brown
Painting
Bryan Brown
The Only Way Out is Through
Sarah Nelson Sarah Nelson Fine Art
Painting
Sarah Nelson
Pidgeontown Steppers
Stephanie Reed Painting
Stephanie Reed
Lenny
Lionel Milton Elleone
Painting / Street Art
Lionel Milton
Ernie K-Doe: Emperor of the Universe
Gabriel Flores New Orleans Paint and Design
Painting / Street Art
Gabriel Flores
Ironing Board Sam over Jackson Square
John Turner Painting
John Turner
Zulu Uptown
Sean Randall Painting
Sean Randall
James Brown
Jeff Morgan Painting
Jeff Morgan
Louisiana Roots 2
Emma Fick Painting
Emma Fick
Swamp Goddess Print
Saegan Swanson Painting
Saegan Swanson
Charles Bradley
Lucille Anderson Lucille Blues
Painting
Lucille Anderson
Cypress Bayou
Louise Guidry Encaustic / Monotype / Painting / Printmaking
Louise Guidry
Pauger Street
Paige DeVries Painting
Paige DeVries
A Snowbird's Winter
Michael Eble Painting
Michael Eble
Orgullo
MILAGROS Collective Painting
MILAGROS Collective
Carousel Bar
Nurhan Gokturk Illustration / Painting
Nurhan Gokturk
Thoughts #10 "The Engineer"
Tony Hollums Painting
Tony Hollums
Prayer
Blair Dupre Painting
Blair Dupre
Orangina Josephine
Rayne Bories Painting
Rayne Bories
Festival des Acadiens
Devin De Wulf Folk / Outsider Art / Painting / Photography
Devin De Wulf
Ivy
Rebekah May Painting
Rebekah May
Beady Black
Patrick Henry Victory Arts
Painting
Patrick Henry
Lisa Frank Forever
Katie Yaquinto Painting
Katie Yaquinto
I am Enough
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly Gator Girl Art
Painting
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly
Continuing to Unfold
Rebecca Birtel Madura Painting
Rebecca Birtel Madura
"Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue" homage to Ledisi
George McClements Painting
George McClements
High Tide
Debbie Boyd Painting
Debbie Boyd
Red Cloud 12.01
George Dolgy Painting
George Dolgy
Honeymoon Memories
Lee Morais Painting
Lee Morais
Circus Pig – on Chartres Near NOCCA
Ramiro Diaz Painting
Ramiro Diaz
A Portait of Josephine Louise Newcomb
Maddie Stratton Painting
Maddie Stratton
Shotgun in Treme
Queen Hope Parker Queen Hope Poetic Art
Painting
Queen Hope Parker
Okra Farms: Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, LA
Miro Hoffmann Painting
Miro Hoffmann
Fossil Bed
Evan Koch Painting
Evan Koch
Summer's End Bouquet
Meghan Methe Painting
Meghan Methe
Yogi Bear!
Leroy Miranda Jr. Painting
Leroy Miranda Jr.
Meeting Notes #73
Sean Clark Painting
Sean Clark
The Blues
Darlene Langendonk Art Impressions
Painting
Darlene Langendonk
Pete Fountain
Alexandra Kilburn Illustration / Painting
Alexandra Kilburn
'La Balize' Fine Art Print
Heather Bird Harris Painting
Heather Bird Harris
Carnival Crawfish
Rannie Howard Painting
Rannie Howard
Aerial Study #2
Kristen Albrecht Mixed Media / Painting
Kristen Albrecht
Faces of Tribes
Kevin Elder Painting
Kevin Elder
Samsara
Connor McManus Mixed Media / Painting
Connor McManus
Entangled
Shelby Little Painting
Shelby Little
Summer Song
Anne McLeod Painting
Anne McLeod
Infinite Sadness
Jeremy Paten Mixed Media / Painting
Jeremy Paten
Kanzeon I, II & III
Rachel Rice-Baham Painting / Mixed Media
Rachel Rice-Baham
Neighborhood Committee
Ember Soberman Painting / Mixed Media
Ember Soberman
Blue Irises
Stephen Rooney Painting
Stephen Rooney
Gatemouth
Cheryl Anne Grace Painting
Cheryl Anne Grace
Landscape Layers
Kat Ryalls Painting
Kat Ryalls
Cafe DuMonde
Connie Kittok Painting
Connie Kittok
CREATORS OF ART

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