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

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