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Release Date: May 17, 2017

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • J. NiCole Hatfield

  • Jicarilla

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J. NiCole Hatfield, who has helped bring Native American art to prominent public spaces in Oklahoma City will perform a live demonstration of her technique Saturday, May 27, at the Artesian Arts Festival.

Hatfield, a Comanche and resident of Norman, Oklahoma, recently completed her second mural at the Downtown Oklahoma City Sheridan Underpass.

“It was a really wonderful experience,” she said. “You don’t often see Native artwork downtown and being able to be a part of that is awesome.”

A self-taught portrait artist who has been painting for nearly 20 years, Hatfield draws much of her inspiration from historical photographs and tribal culture.

“I don’t want to forget our past. I want to remember our ancestors and always carry them with us,” she said. “That is why I like to do portraits, and many of them are women. I want to honor them and keep our culture alive.”

Hatfield refers to painting as her “voice” and hopes that she will help keep Native language alive by incorporating it in her artwork.

“Most of my inspiration is from my culture. I want people to see my work and leave respecting our culture, language, women and past,” she said. “I also believe that all art is medicine. You don’t have to be good; just express yourself.”

The award-winning artist was introduced to painting in her first high school art class and she fell in love with it.

“I just started painting. I didn’t know how to paint, but I just started,” she said. It was something that made me feel good. It was like I was finally able to express myself and my emotions.”

The artist, like many others, also has a full-time job, but uses any time available to master her craft.

“It takes a lot of dedication and discipline because I (need) a large inventory for shows and markets. As soon as I get off work, I go home and paint,” she said. “I also believe art is healing and therapeutic. It’s a great way to relax.”

Hatfield will present a live painting demonstration 3:40 – 4:10 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at the Artesian Arts Festival, located at the Artesian Plaza adjacent to the Artesian Hotel and Spa, 1001 W. First Street, Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Hatfield is one of many artists participating in artist demonstrations and lectures during the festival,

Her website also features much of her work.

Hatfield is one of 116 elite Native American selected to participate in the Artesian Arts Festival. Artists representing 25 Native American tribes throughout the United States and Canada will be featured during the festival.

A full schedule of artist demonstrations is below:

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Mike Larsen / Chickasaw
Live Painting Demonstration
11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Kimberly (Wendy) Ponca / Osage
Osage clothing design that tells the oral history of the Osage tribe
12:20 – 12:50 p.m. Merlin Little Thunder / Cheyenne
Tradition redefined in artistic terms
1 – 1:30 p.m.  Jimmie Harrison / Navajo-DinĂ©
Jewelry demonstration of Navajo and Hopi Yei-Bi-Cheis and Kachinas
1:40 – 2:10 p.m. Venaya Yazzie / DinĂ©-Hopi
Art as it pertains to indigenous southwest tribal adornment
2:20 – 2:50 p.m. Daniel Worcester / Chickasaw
Materials used and methods of forging knives
3 – 3:30 p.m. Buddy Parchcorn / Cherokee
Beadwork: Historic origins to modern techniques
3:40 – 4:10 p.m. J. NiCole Hatfield / Comanche
Live Painting Demonstration
4:20 – 4:50 p.m. Tyra Shackleford / Chickasaw
Textiles: Transcending Tradition
5 – 5:30 p.m. Josy Thomas / Onondaga
Perspectives: A demonstration of soap stone carving

For more information about the Artesian Arts Festival, contact the Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts & Humanities at (580) 272-5520, or by email at

Last Updated: 09/16/2016