Nicole was born in Fuzhou City in Fujian province, China and immigrated to the United States at the age of 5. She grew up in East Los Angeles and attended college in Pasadena at Art Center College of Design. As a freelance illustrator and educator, Nicole has been a working artist for the last decade. Her narrative driven curriculum specializes in developing artistic skills through visual storytelling.
For the past 9 years she has been teaching Illustration and Art Education at CSUF and was named 2019’s “Outstanding Higher Ed Visual Art Educator” by California Art Education Association. In her own personal work she enjoys creating dynamic characters and experimenting with color and texture to create powerful contrasts.