Meet a Westsider:
Nancy Cavins

Profession/Occupation... Wildlife artist.

What I like most about the Westside is... the ambiance, architecture and history of Old Colorado City, plus the closeness to the mountains and canyons and Garden of the Gods.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... to stop growth so we would not change the appearance of the Westside and be able to keep our open space!

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... I usually don’t go to the movies but I love “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Lonesome Dove.” Both older, but GREAT!

I'd like to discover... that there are still grizzly bears living deep in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... President Theodore Roosevelt. He had amazing foresight and was a very principled man. Also, a champion of the outdoors and environmental preservation!

The next time I travel, I’m going to... go back to Yellowstone National Park. It inspires me!

My favorite childhood memory is... going for long walks in the woods in Western Pennsylvania with my dad. He taught me so much about birds, wildlife and plants.

My favorite spring pastime is... riding our Harley after a long winter riding in the cold. It is a pleasure to ride on warm spring days and to see all the new growth and young animals.

Something good I’ve read is.. “Grizzly Years,” by Doug Peacock, about a man who tracks & films grizzly bears in Yellowstone & Glacier National Park and “The Custer Wolf,” by Roger A. Caras, about a rebel wolf that lived in the Custer, S.D., area in the ‘30s. Both true stories.

My pet peeve is... rude behavior and poor manners.

If I didn’t have to work for a year I would... well, since I’m an artist and I paint at my leisure or when I’m inspired, I can’t even imagine going a year without painting. I enjoy it so much that it is not work and I’m gratefull I was blessed with this talent because I derive so much pleasure from it!

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