“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 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.