“…I had no choice but to pursue art. It was in my blood.” –Comanche artist Nocona Burgess
My impression of Nocona Burgess, a Comanche artist, originally from Lawton, Oklahoma, is that he is extremely likeable, confident, a genuine family man and an artist who is passionate about the work that he creates. A big fan of his work well before I came to New Mexico (I had to live vicariously through magazine pictures while I was in NYC!), it was a true pleasure to finally meet him at the 2010 Heard Museum Guild’s Indian Fair and Market in Phoenix. I have been eyeing a smaller work at Traders Collection in Santa Fe for some time now, so to get to see the larger ones in person was even more impressive.
After years of art study, Burgess began to doubt that an art career would be lucrative for him. After years working in management at a casino, he decided he wanted more. He returned to his native Oklahoma, after living in numerous cities, and enrolled again in art school. He reconnected with his people there as well. After meeting his wife, they moved to Santa Fe, and the career he knows today began to take shape. One show led to another and the successful ride as a known contemporary Native artist began.