Fallon resident Nettie Rickerson’s artwork is now on display at the Churchill County Library through October.
Nettie loved art from an early age, getting drawing lessons from her talented older brother and taking art courses throughout elementary, high school, and college. While she enjoys many mediums such as clay, colored pencils, pen and ink, acrylics, and gold leafing, the majority of her current artwork is pencil drawings.
Growing up, she was obsessed with horses and her favorite time of year was summer when they would visit the family ranch in Malad, Idaho. Nettie has many treasured memories of riding all over the ranch, watching brandings, and exploring the hills and the old buildings with her cousins. From an early age, all she drew and dreamed about was horses. This love of horses and all things western has greatly influenced her art.
As Nettie began to draw more for herself, she found herself especially drawn to the people and animals that are part of the rural western way of life. Not only the horses, but the cattle, wildlife, brandings, cow dogs, family, and hard work that are such a big part of that life. She especially loves to draw the beautiful horses and detailed gear that cowboys and ranchers use every day and are so proud of. Each piece has a history, specific function, and beauty.
Although late to the game, Nettie feels her art career is just beginning and is excited about this new direction in her life. She is a member of the Reno Fine Arts Collective and some of her work can be seen in their pop-up gallery during the month of September or in their online gallery.