Most everyone familiar with western art knows of our own Arnold Mosley. Arnold has, through his works , immortalized the nobility and ruggedness of the western tradition and history of the Valley. Capturing the cowboy way of life, his straightfoward portrayals tell their own stories.
Born in Beaverlodge, Alberta, Arnold moved to Merritt while working for Craigmont Mines in the 80's and took to painting full - time shortly thereafter. He lives here with his wife and his home also serves as his studio whrere he welcomes visitors. He views "cowboying" as simply one of life's great pleasures and over the years has experienced the day-to-day routine of the cowboys, sometimes riding with them and lending a hand in their work. He says, "You have to be able to get out there and absorb yourself in what the cowboys are doing..."
Over the years, Arnold has been generous in allowing the use of his works for promotion of the Pro-Rodeo and again this year, on our 60th anniversary , has permitted on of his paintings to serves the cover for the Program and Poster. Through his art, Arnold Mosley has made a significant contribution to documenting the history and colorful western culture of the Nicola Valley.