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Meet Nicole Bruckman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Bruckman.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am an artist, curator, mother, and animal lover from Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA in illustration, I began work as a freelance illustrator and designer, shortly thereafter, relocating to Los Angeles, CA. After some time exhibiting and curating at Los Angeles based galleries, my husband and I adopted our first dog, Sami, a fearful Pitbull mix. A few years later, I began volunteering for Downtown Dog Rescue, which led to the adoption of our second pit mix, a bubbly and lovable female named Pearl. Inspired by my relationship with my own canine companions, I began portraying them in my paintings. I strive to present each dog as a unique individual and not just part of a “breed”. I hope that by capturing them in a fantastic and playful situation people will see beyond the often-negative perceptions that plague them and view them as a beautiful and loving canine companion.

Please tell us about your art.
My pieces are inspired by the bond that exists between humans and animals. I strive to create enchanting and whimsical narratives in which human and animal characters coexist in fantastic and engaging settings. Wild exotic creatures and domesticated animals alike are the guides on a sublimely surreal journey through an endless nocturne. They live in a seemingly utopian realm, in which humans are conscious of the bond between our world and the kingdom of Animalia. I create these works in the hopes that this world may one day exist, and we may recognize and respect the value in all living beings.

“Nicole’s work embarks on a journey to unveil the livelihood of the animal kingdom by creating whimsical and emotionally sincere narratives in which these animal subjects live to embrace their human counterparts. Often, more than not, Nicole’s paintings touch on one of humans most feared and widely misunderstood animals – the Pit Bull. Bruckman’s connection to this often-neglected breed of dog has gifted her the insight to capture their playful and invigorating charm in lucid dream-like paintings.” – blopop Magazine

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Being an artist can offer amazing flexibility, but a work/life balance can also be extremely challenging. It is a constant struggle, but a small price to pay for doing what you love.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work is available through Gallery 1988, New Stone Age, Cactus Gallery, Leanna Lin’s Wonderland, Muddy Paw, and Flower Pepper Gallery, where I have a series of new paintings, the 12 Hounds of Christmas, opening Saturday, December 1st, 2018.

I am also available for commissions and have some original works and merchandise available for purchase through my website, 20% of all commissioned works are donated to Downtown Dog Rescue. You can also follow me on my Instagram at

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Image Credit:
Photo of artist by EMS ARTS (Eric Minh Swenson)

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