Nicole began her career as a photographer after having received her BFA in Film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her Master’s degree in Ceramics from San Francisco State University. For more than thirty years Nicole has worked for advertising, corporate and editorial clients including Nokia, Dreamworks, American Girl and Paramount Pictures, among many others.

Since 2004 she has exhibited her work in Los Angeles, Nashville, Scottsdale/Phoenix, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Sonoma, Healdsburg, San Diego and Atlanta. In 2013 the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art featured Nicole and her husband, the artist Marc Katano, in a joint exhibition entitled, Akin: the Art of Nicole and Marc Katano.