Meet Zelma Allan, artist and owner of Happy Trails Studio in Cedarville.
Raised on a cattle ranch 27 miles north of Gerlach, Nevada, Zelma Iveson's closest friends were horses, both wild and domestic, cows, and a few dogs and cats.
In this solitary land the high desert became her playground. Riding horseback she explored the rim rocks and sagebrush covered lands. Searching a horizon to horizon panorama, she could spot a coyote hiding in the brush, a newborn foal, deer and antelope resting in the shade of an old juniper tree. Even the camouflage of rattlesnakes and lizards seldom escaped her eye. She helped herd cattle, run horses, and brand. Through all of these experiences she developed a watchful eye, the eye of a master landscape artist.
Spending much of her time in the evenings drawing she developed her skill as an artist. Never having had an art lesson other than ones that Mother Nature taught her, she has become one of the most accomplished artists in northeastern California and northwestern Nevada. Color, detail, and realism are evident in each piece.
Ever study a painting of the old West and the horses or cows didn't look quite right? It happens more than you realize. Not with Zelma's paintings, they reflect the real animals and the real west.
Zelma is a rough and tough woman. She's worked as a bartender, a cow hand, a ranch hand, a mother and grandmother, yet always found time to draw and paint. One person described her paintings as "what you can see when you get real quiet."
In recent years Zelma has broadened her artistic talents to include mosaics, jewelry, shell art, carving, leather work and art pieces made from items she's gathered in the desert.
She opened a little studio on Main Street in Cedarville several years ago called the Happy Trails Studio to display some of her many creations. If you're looking for a taste of the old West, some crusty stories or beautiful artwork, this is a place to stop.