Nicky Foreman studied at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She began exhibiting in 1992 and has had over 35 solo exhibitions to date. She continues to show regularly with dealer galleries in New Zealand and France. Her work is represented in many collections including Saatchi & Saatchi New York. She also has a teaching background and teaches regularly in schools. .
Her work is often concerned with taking mundane objects and resetting them so that they may be viewed as precious and beautiful. She draws her inspiration from by Taranaki and her time in the South of France each year.