Nicole was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, with both parents in the arts—her dad was a designer and painter, and her mom was a fashion illustrator and art teacher. She drew constantly as a girl—including on the walls behind furniture, where her mom would find drawings years later.
Nicole received her first freelance illustration job when she was 12. As she grew up, she wanted to learn more, and graduated from RISD with a BFA in illustration.
Now she’s a happy full-time illustrator of magazines, children’s educational and trade books. She still lives in Fall River with her husband, their daughter, sleepy kitty, and two big pups.