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.

High Tide
Debbie Boyd Painting
Debbie Boyd
Land Before Time II
Leroy Miranda Jr. Painting
Leroy Miranda Jr.
Orangina Josephine
Rayne Bories Painting
Rayne Bories
Yugen - Archival Print of Mixed Media Abstract on Watercolor Paper
Rachel Rice-Baham Painting / Mixed Media
Rachel Rice-Baham
The Chariot (VII)
Margaux Hymel Art by Gaux Gaux
Painting
Margaux Hymel
Lake Como
Connor McManus Mixed Media / Painting
Connor McManus
Scene from 'Alligator' (1980)
Thomas Deaton Painting
Thomas Deaton
Surreal Dreamscape - Print
Leeaux . Illustration / Painting
Leeaux .
Charles Bradley
Lucille Anderson Lucille Blues
Painting
Lucille Anderson
Golden Light
Anne Blenker Painting
Anne Blenker
Blooming Bicycle in the Marigny
Lyla Clayre Illustration / Painting
Lyla Clayre
All That Jazz #6
Toné Lowe Painting
Toné Lowe
Le Bon Temp Roule
Nurhan Gokturk Illustration / Painting
Nurhan Gokturk
Let Go
Bryan Brown Art by Bryan Brown
Painting
Bryan Brown
Ebullition
Brett Henderson Painting
Brett Henderson
The Village
Kevin Elder Painting
Kevin Elder
Terry in Bed Best
Paige DeVries Painting
Paige DeVries
Absract  Serenity
Lori Sperier Mixed Media / Painting
Lori Sperier
Seekers of Light
Kate Hanrahan Illustration / Mixed Media / Painting
Kate Hanrahan
A Break in Conversation
Maddie Stratton Painting
Maddie Stratton
Watson 101 Print
Bruce Corona Drawing / Mixed Media / Painting
Bruce Corona
Moon Moss
Stephen Rooney Painting
Stephen Rooney
Festival des Acadiens
Devin De Wulf Folk / Outsider Art / Painting / Photography
Devin De Wulf
"India"
Ceaux . Ceaux Artwork
Painting
Ceaux .
Blue Notecard
Shelby Little Painting
Shelby Little
Waiter/Waitress
Alexandra Kilburn Illustration / Painting
Alexandra Kilburn
Kermit Ruffins : BBQ swinger
Gabriel Flores New Orleans Paint and Design
Painting / Street Art
Gabriel Flores
Wildlife
Mary Singleton Painting
Mary Singleton
Head to Toe
Kris Muntan Painting
Kris Muntan
Ivy
Rebekah May Painting
Rebekah May
"Feeling Orange but Sometimes Blue" homage to Ledisi
George McClements Painting
George McClements
Jungle Justice
Patrick Henry Victory Arts
Painting
Patrick Henry
'La Balize' Fine Art Print
Heather Bird Harris Painting
Heather Bird Harris
White Study #1
Kristen Albrecht Mixed Media / Painting
Kristen Albrecht
Dream Little Chief
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly Gator Girl Art
Painting
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly
Totem
Ella Albrecht Painting
Ella Albrecht
Fossil Bed
Evan Koch Painting
Evan Koch
Bird Watching
Ember Soberman Painting / Mixed Media
Ember Soberman
Girl in Blue Face
Blair Dupre Painting
Blair Dupre
Muses (TERPSICHORE)
Brent Houzenga Painting
Brent Houzenga
Infinite Sadness
Jeremy Paten Mixed Media / Painting
Jeremy Paten
"The March"
Meghan Methe Painting
Meghan Methe
Alejandra
Katie Kut Painting
Katie Kut
Pink Cadillac
Cheryl Anne Grace Painting
Cheryl Anne Grace
Aftermath
Rebecca Birtel Madura Painting
Rebecca Birtel Madura
David Bowie Ziggy Stardust
Jeff Morgan Painting
Jeff Morgan
Harley Baby
Rise Delmar Ochsner Painting
Rise Delmar Ochsner
Meeting Notes #171
Sean Clark Painting
Sean Clark
Carnival Crawfish
Rannie Howard Painting
Rannie Howard
Lenny
Lionel Milton Elleone
Painting / Street Art
Lionel Milton
Zulu Uptown
Sean Randall Painting
Sean Randall
Terrance Strikes a Pose on Lafitte Street
Drew Cooke Mixed Media / Painting
Drew Cooke
Old Friend (Accordion)
Stephanie Reed Painting
Stephanie Reed
Blue Roots 1
Emma Fick Painting
Emma Fick
Circus Pig – on Chartres Near NOCCA
Ramiro Diaz Painting
Ramiro Diaz
websight
Jessica Strahan JHand Paints
Painting
Jessica Strahan
Thoughts - Float
Tony Hollums Painting
Tony Hollums
Summer Song
Anne McLeod Painting
Anne McLeod
Blushing Oyster Original Painting
Sarah Nelson Sarah Nelson Fine Art
Painting
Sarah Nelson
Landscape Layers
Kat Ryalls Painting
Kat Ryalls
Southern Voyage
Michael Eble Painting
Michael Eble
Okra Farms: Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, LA
Miro Hoffmann Painting
Miro Hoffmann
Swamp Goddess Print
Saegan Swanson Painting
Saegan Swanson
Grey Green Ladder
Julie Silvers Julie Silvers Art
Painting
Julie Silvers
The Blues
Darlene Langendonk Art Impressions
Painting
Darlene Langendonk
Napoleon
Lee Morais Painting
Lee Morais
Buddy Bolden
Connie Kittok Painting
Connie Kittok
Red Cloud 12.01
George Dolgy Painting
George Dolgy
Lisa Frank Forever
Katie Yaquinto Painting
Katie Yaquinto
Tomb of The Unknown Slave
Queen Hope Parker Queen Hope Poetic Art
Painting
Queen Hope Parker
Ironing Board Sam over Jackson Square
John Turner Painting
John Turner
Ascending Trees
Louise Guidry Encaustic / Monotype / Painting / Printmaking
Louise Guidry
Orgullo
MILAGROS Collective Painting
MILAGROS Collective
CREATORS OF ART

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