Preserving the West through her work and a passion for the equine, define artist Shannon Lawlor.
Her connection to the land, people, horses and lifestyle of the modern West is palatable in the essence of her work – portrayed through her brush strokes – whether in the soft intensity of an eye of a working ranch horse, or the exquisite detail of a hackamore.
Growing up on the edge of the Northern Great Plains – a region known for extensive cattle ranching and cowboying – Lawlor has been drawing since the age of five, and it’s a passion that hasn’t waned since. Before becoming a full-time artist, her life was spent in the saddle, around the animals she would one day be renowned for depicting in her art, considering them “one of the true stewards of the West.” Purposeful horsemanship is important to her, as is the authenticity of gear – a nuance not lost on her collectors, for her work is known for its “correctness” in detail.
NCHA SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT – SHANNON LAWLOR
As a sponsor of the National Cutting Horse Association, Shannon created this painting of ‘METALLIC CLAYTON’ for J+ Ranches, of Texas. All the proceeds from the sale of this painting went to support the National Youth Cutting Horse Association. The original painting was auctioned off at the Western Bloodstock Sales during the NCHA World Championship Futurity, Dec 2022.