Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tara Nicole fell in love with children's books from visits to the local library. This passion for illustration developed into one for animation, as well. Her education in art began early, from classes at Pratt in her youth, to more formal training at RISD and California Institute of the Arts, earning her a BFA in Character Animation in 2002. Since graduating, she has designed for Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Fox Animation, PBS, CBS, Cartoon Network, Disney, and Netflix. She loves dogs and her mini.