“I started drawing before I had collective memory as a child.”
The roots of Shannon Lawlor’s enigmatic equine art can be traced back to her childhood on the
Canadian Prairies, where as a young girl, she was never far from a horse, or pencil. Immersed in the equine environment from toddler through her formative years, Shannon’s intuitive desire to put
pencil to paper has been there since before she could spell. She has carried her sketchbook from
the prairie of her youth to the finest Arabian breeding farms deep in the heart of Poland.
“Beautiful horses can sometimes humble me to the point of tears.”
Shannon is an artist who works from the experience of a horse woman, translating her own history
and what she sees into swirling lines of unfurling mane; laying bare the resplendent muscle tone of
a wither, or depth of soul behind one of her subject’s eyes. Her work moves beyond breed and
discipline, with an appeal that is meant to inspire and enlighten the viewer. She is often spotlighted as Featured Artist at invitational shows including Nevada’s Northeastern Museum, Arizona’s Phippen Museum and Alberta’s Calgary Stampede.
“My work represents the soul of the horse.”
Shannon’s work hangs in the most authentic ranches of the Canadian West, as well as office towers, hotels and urban homes. Her vision resonates with viewers appreciative of the majesty of the horse, from all walks of life. It rings true with a chord of authenticity that appeals to modern discerning collectors. Interior designers often place Shannon’s passionate equine images in commercial and urban settings Her work lends a cool and modern touch to any room. It gives pause, brings peace and elevates the soul.
“Horses are a part of my breath, an extension of myself.”
- Shannon Lawlor - website