Being creative, caring for animals and working with horses have always been Nettie's true loves in life. In 2003, Nettie earned a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from Maine College of Art and in 2012, a Masters of Fine Art from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her work has been exhibited in gallery and museum shows through the US.

Nettie happily lives in Damariscotta, Maine with her dog Brownie, her ferret Bear and her horse Benny.