I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and my Master of Arts in Ceramics from San Francisco State University. In 2004, after spending years creating images for clients, I returned to my personal work.

I have exhibited in Los Angeles, Nashville, Scottsdale/Phoenix, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Sonoma, Healdsburg, San Diego and Atlanta, to date, and was featured, along with my husband, Marc Katano, by The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, in a joint exhibition entitled, Akin: the Art of Nicole and Marc Katano.