For most of her life, Nancy Cole has lived in the Sugar Hill-Franconia region of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Her ideas of color and form have all been established in response to the landscape of the "upcountry". She has worked in Provincetown, Massachusetts and New York City with the legendary painter Hans Hoffman, whose teachings have informed her painting life. Her ideas of color were further defined by exposure to the works of Mark Rothko and Wolf Kahn. Nancy Cole maintains her studio in Franconia, New Hampshire. She lives with her daughter, son-in-law and grandson. She has shown extensively in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Vermont and her work is in private collections in the United States, Scotland, England, and France.