“Straight up in the Bridle” shannon shannon lawlor lawlor Shannon is a native of Canada, residing in Alberta where traditional bridle horse culture is strong.
Embracing this culture led to her expertise as a horsewoman through the years.
As an artist, she applies discipline with ability and captures experiences in depth and detail with brush strokes.
She is skilled in the saddle and at the easel. “Bits of Knowledge” Shannon’s style is intense and dramatic.
Her images portray the working stock horse and pay tribute to working horsemen following traditions influenced by early Mexican vaqueros in California.
She helps preserve true western culture and celebrates the lifestyle of buckaroos in the Great Basin region, north into Canada.
Shannon presents Western Heritage Defined. Western fine art collectors consider Shannon to be a premier bridle horse illustrator.
Her commitment to historical accuracy, her firsthand knowledge of the working stock horse and gear along with her continued dedication to honing her artistic techniques result in Shannon’s growing recognition in the fine art community.
Shannon’s images portray the working stock horse and pay tribute to authentic working horsemen who follow the old traditions influenced by the early Mexican vaqueros in California.
Her images help preserve the true western culture and celebrate today’s lifestyle of buckaroos in the Great Basin region and north into Canada.
Her style is intense and dramatic.
Shannon presents western heritage defined. recent awards Peoples Choice Award – Cholo. 2008 Phippen Museum Wild Horse Exhibition, Prescott, AZ People’s Choice Award – Bits of Knowledge 2008 Art of the West Art Show & Sale, Kamloops, BC Acrylic Award Winner – Wind in My Reins. 2008 Phippen Museum Western Art Show, Prescott, AZ 1st Place – Cholo – 2007/2008 Ex Arte Equinus Int’l Equine Art Competition Art Horse Magazine Beaumont, TX Best of Show – Cholo – 2007 Phippen Museum Western Art Show, Prescott, AZ Silver Sponsor Award – Artist of Choice 2007 Art of the American West Show & Sale Norco, CA People’s Choice Honorable Mention – Wind In My Reins. 2007 Art of the West Show & Sale, Kamloops, BC Juror’s Choice Honorable Mention – Wind In My Reins. 2007 Art of the West Show & Sale, Kamloops, BC Best of Show – Color of the Sun’s Reflection. 2006 Draft Horse Classic Art Show, Grass Valley, CA Best of Show & President’s Choice – The Best of The Remuda. 2005 Wild West Art Show, St.
Paul, OR artist biography A native of western Canada, Shannon currently resides in the province of Alberta where the traditional bridle horse culture is strong.
Her formative years embraced this refined culture which led to her expertise as an acknowledged horsewoman.
Always aspiring to be an artist, she developed the discipline and ability to capture infinite moments of real life ranching experiences in her paintings, working with acrylics, oil and graphite.
Her hands are skilled both in the saddle and at the easel.
Greatly influenced by veteran horsemen, knowledgeable in the old California stock horse traditions, Shannon’s passion for horses and art developed into a quest to combine anatomical accuracy with historical authenticity in her exquisitely rendered paintings.
Her study of reality and subject matter lends itself to the structure, depth and detail seen in her pieces. personal note from shannon Every concept I paint is my own chosen subject matter.
I personally photograph all of my reference shots.
Many hours are invested in researching and gathering my reference material because historical authenticity and anatomical accuracy are my highest priorities.
Every painting I do begins long before I pick up a pencil or brush. “Burnt River” the creative process… The painting begins with the idea itself, then the task of gathering good reference material, field travel, photographs, actual objects such as tack or silverwork and discussions with vari- ous working horsemen, historians – all lead to documenting the facts long before the actual drawing and painting process begins.
After all research material has been digested, I choose specific photographs to use as my reference for the painting.
Hundreds of photos TESKAVIN PTY LTD T/A may have been gathered of just one horse, which I narrow down to a select few key poses.
The chosen photos are enlarged to 8 x 10 size making it easier for on going review while I’m painting at the easel. EASY-ON RUGS
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