“I cannot remember when I didn’t draw. My formative years were spent doodling in the margins. Having grown up around restaurateurs, I am by nature drawn to drama, storytelling and have acquired a lifelong habit of people watching. Which explains why I am particularly enamored with street scenes, beach people, figures in an environment, subjects with a narrative flair. There really isn’t any subject that I don’t love to paint, it could be a plein air scenic day at the coast, a farm, a still life or a large boat scene, children in the surf. I continue to challenge myself using oils and have recently branched out to pastels. My journey focuses on the pursuit of excellence, raising the bar after each painting, creating a never ending creative and technical challenge each time I step up to the blank canvas.”

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NATIONAL AWARDS ACCOLADES: Nicole is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and has been juried into AIS in; 2011, 2015, 2016 & 2017 winning the Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence in 2011. In 2016 she won 2 national awards for “Surfing Sisters”—Outstanding Figurative in annual WPSE (Women Painters of the Southeast) & Award of Excellence in the NOAPS online exhibit. Nicole was juried into Oil Painters of America Regional Juried exhibit 2013 - 2016 and was juried into WPSE the same 4 consecutive years. Sept 2011 Audubon Artists National exhibit at Salmagundi Club NYC Nicole won the Crimi Oil '09 exhibit. In 2016 She was accepted into NOAPS Fall Online showcase. Nicole won Best North Carolina State Fair scene in 2010, 1st Place in the Annual Juried Fine Arts League of Cary in '09 and 1st Place in the annual juried Durham Arts Guild exhibit - 2001

PUBLISHED CREDITS - July 2017 Nicole was the featured artist in Wrightsville Beach Magazine. Nicole's painting, “Surfing Sisters” was featured in Fine Arts Connoisseur, “Children in Art”. She has been published in American Art Collector various issues from 2010 -'17. In 2007, a 2 page spread in Artists and Galleries of the South Magazine. She has been featured for her cityscapes & ballet series in the Raleigh News & Observer. Her works have also appeared in, Southern Living, Our State Magazine, Wrightsville Beach Magazine in 2006 (& 2017), numerous features in ArtGuide magazine of the South East. She recently had over 10 figurative paintings of NC people published in the coffee table book, Painting NC, A Visual Journey, 2012.

BACKGROUND: Nicole Kennedy lives in Raleigh NC was born in CT & lived in New York City where she worked in advertising for 17 yrs. She has been painting professionally since moving to Raleigh in 1996 and also instructs art workshops. Nicole established Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery in 2000 representing numerous artists and hosts national workshops.

Over the past few years Nicole has had the opportunity to continue her art education with nationally acclaimed artists/instructors: Stephen Early, Robert Liberace, Dawn Whitelawlaw, Kim English, Quang Ho, John Poon, Lori Putnam, Gregg Kruetz, Rick McClure, David Dunlop, Perry Austin amongst others.

Nicole White Kennedy - Artist FULL Resume

After you take a tour of the artwork, take a quick tour of the gallery The 2200 sq. ft space is occasionally available through Caffe Luna Catering for a fee to host a seminar, fund-raiser, any function in a beautiful art-filled setting.

S ince opening in 2000 we have evolved into an art gallery different from the rest. I have been told by many clients and visitors that the atmosphere here is friendly and never intimidating. Dare we say it is fun to buy art here. Plus we have working studios and Artists in Residence

Whether it is an original painting in your home, or an office or new bank branch filled with artwork on a great theme, painting your first oi on canvas... we have heard time and again that our artists, staff, art classes and gallery have made a difference in peoples lives and in the Raleigh community

I AM HONORED TO REPRESENT MANY EXCEPTIONAL ARTISTS and be a factor in their professional artistic growth. A select group of artists from emerging to nationally acclaimed in a wide range of styles and media are chosen to be represented. Committment to growth in their works is what we are all about! Come check out our talented local to nationally recognized artists.

CORPORATE SOLUTIONS WITH A FRESH PERSPECTIVE: - Nicole spent over 20 years on Madison Avenue advertising national brands before painting full time, so she understands that artwork has to work on many levels, appeal to many demographics and work with any budget. What kind of impression do you want to make in your work environment? We can promise you that collecting art can make a beautiful difference in your workplace. We have placed hundreds of original works and giclees in regional businesses, hospitals and banks.

ART WORKSHOPS & CLASSES: WE ARE THE #1 GALLERY IN NC FOR HOXSTING ART WORKSHOPS. We are now bringing in many artists to teach workshops for all levels including nationally acclaimed; John Poon, Rick McClure, Albert Handelll, Lori Putnam, Peggi Kroll Roberts, Dan Beck,OPA, David Dunlop, Emmy Award winner (landscapes Thru Time), Dawn Whitelaw and many others to be scheduled.

FRAMING: We offer professional custom framing at honest prices and have discounts on many beautiful plein air styles. Click on the link and check out our framing page.

Nicole's Studio & Art Gallery
719 N. Person St. Raleigh NC 27604
(click here for directions)
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday: By Appointment and by chance • Wed-Fri 11am - 5:00pm.
Sat 12:00 - 4:30 • Closed Sunday-Monday