Born on an Air Force base in Arizona, Nikki Hancock grew up in Elk Creek and at the age of 23, called Colusa home.
“Colusa was the place I chose to start my ‘adult’ life because I loved everything about it,” said Hancock.
Eight years ago, Hancock relocated to the Sacramento area and recently moved back to Williams.
“It has been the best decision I ever could have made. I was very homesick for the longest time, although the city treated me well, I was raised in the country and am a country girl at heart,” said Hancock. “I travel so much for work that I need where I live to be a happy, safe, and comfortable place.”
Hancock is a photographer and has enjoyed her profession for as long as she can remember.
“I received my first camera when I was five years old and became obsessed with it instantly,” she said. “Growing up, I spent all my allowances on film and processing,”
Throughout her college years, Hancock’s love for photography grew and she received a great opportunity to learn more while working for a local newspaper.
“People started hiring me for side gigs and I got asked to do a wedding,” said Hancock. “I knew as soon as I stepped foot at that wedding that I felt completely at home and that was the place I felt most like myself.”
An admirer of her county, Hancock’s favorite Colusa County event is the Colusa Western Days.
“I am beyond saddened to hear this event won’t be happening this year. As a community, I would love to see us come together and offer the leadership and support needed to keep this very important celebration alive,” said Hancock.■