“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".

Resume Highlights: (Full resume click here)

Nicole Kennedy was honored in 2017 to receive Signature Member Status with the American Impressionist Society
In 2016 Nicole won 2 awards for "Surfing Sisters ; “Outstanding Figurative” in exhibit WPSE and Award of Excellence in the National Oil & Acrylic Painters. In 2011, 2015 and 2016 Nicole was juried into American Impressionist Society’s juried shows winning the the Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence in 2011. Nicole was juried into Oil Painters of America Regional Exhibit 2013, 2014, 2015. She was juried into the Women Painters of the Southeast , 2013,’14,’15,’16. Sept 2011 Audubon Artists National exhibit at Salmagundi Club NYC Nicole won the Crimi Oil Award and with the same art organization the Jack Richeson Award of Excellence in the '09 exhibit.

In North Carolina, Nicole won Best NC 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

Nicole's paintings have appeared in American Art Collector, various issues from 2010 - '14. 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, multiple page feature in Wrightsville Beach Magazine and many more. She recently had over 10 figurative paintings published in the coffee table book, Painting NC, A Visual Journey, 2012.

Nicole Kennedy lives in Raleigh NC and is from CT & New York City. She has been painting professionally for 25 years and also instructs art 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 Whitlelaw, Kim English, Quang Ho, John Poon, Lori Putnam, Gregg Kruetz, Rick McClure, Perry Austin amongst others.

Nicole studied at Parson's School of Design and School of Visual Arts in NYC pursuing an Ad Art Director career in print and TV doing story boards foir TV commercials. In 1996 Nicole moved to Raleigh opening Caffe Luna with her husband and started painting full time to decorate and sell out of the restaurant. In 2000, she established Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery, eventually representing many artists from local to national acclaim. It is now the #1 gallery for art Instruction in the area.

Nicole White Kennedy - Artist FULL Resume

Since 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 nationally recognized artists represented here including; Rick McClure, John Poon, Jean Grunewald, Diana Coidan, Cecilia Guitarte, Patricia Pittman and many others. We also now feature artists in residence who both exhibit and paint in the studios: Eileen Hendren, Renee Billings Crawford , Errol Engelbrecht, Bert Sult and many guest artiosts who rotate through the gallery.

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.

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.

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 10:30am - 5:00pm.
Sat 12:00 - 4:30 • Closed Sunday-Monday
e-mail: nicole@nicolestudio.com