In this artist spotlight, Flylords had the chance to sit down with Piper Nunn, a talented artist and fly fisherwoman based out of Fort Collins, CO.
Flylords: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Piper: I was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, and grew up in the mountains. As I got older, fly fishing came into my life and gave me a new way to connect myself to the environment. It quickly became one of the most important parts of my life. I became so passionate about fishing and aquatic ecosystems that I began to pursue a degree in Fisheries Biology, and plan to graduate next spring.
Flylords: You’re an artist, can you tell us a little more?
Piper: I’ve always been into art, and have been painting since I was little. My art always seemed to revolve around nature, and when I got into fly fishing my art naturally became inspired by it as well. The majority of my paintings are done with acrylic paint or gouache, and recently I have been focusing on painting fish, mostly because I think their beauty should live outside of the water.
Flylords: Do you have any recent work you would like to share with us?
Piper: Yes, I do! Recently I worked with Yakoda Supply to design a sticker for their project supporting those whose workload and work-life have been effected by COVID-19. The sticker I created is a Salmon and is inspired by my passion for salmon and the way they are fundamentally connected to the ecosystems they live in.
Flylords: If you had to choose three flies to fish for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
Piper: An extended body Parachute Adams, because its perfect for pretty much any mayfly hatch. A Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear since its super versatile, and the classic RS2.
Flylords: Do you have a favorite piece of artwork?
Piper: One of the pieces I’m most proud of is the Redfish I recently painted on a 3 foot piece of reclaimed pine beetle kill wood. It took me about 30 hours to completely finish and I’m really proud of it!
Flylords: Where are you going fishing the next chance you get?
Piper: I currently have a Redfish trip to Louisiana planned for the end of Fall, given everything works out with the Coronavirus. Redfish will be a new species for me, and I’m excited to experience the Salt!
Flylords: Is there a way people can support or purchase your artwork?
Piper: I sell originals, prints, and commission pieces on my website: https://www.pipernunn.art/ or people can check me out on Instagram @piper_nunn
Article and photos from Ameen Hosain; content creator and fly fishing guide based out of Boulder, CO. Follow him on Instagram @thefishboulder.