Nikole has been an artist since childhood. As a child, she tended to look at the world through very analytical and curious eyes. She loved to draw, paint and sculpt early in life, but was also always fascinated with small details and unique perspectives. Growing up in the country and near the Mackinaw River, nature supplied a wealth of subjects. Nikole's very first paintings were of wildlife. Her early passions were art, animals, and nature.

Nikole Cooney did her undergraduate studies in art at Illinois Central College. She was fortunate to study and apprentice under Preston Jackson for many years who strongly encouraged her to apply to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was accepted and was awarded a Presidential Scholarship. From that point until now, she has worked as a full time artist.