WESTERN HORSEMAN ART FEATURE – AUGUST 2022
SANTA FE TRAILS FINE ART GALLERY – REPRESENTS SHANNON LAWLOR
The long standing, illustrious Santa Fe Trails Fine Art Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico is now proudly representing Shannon Lawlor’s original works. Particularly, her recently released body of work: ‘The Moorhouse Collection’, a compilation of twenty five paintings based on Mr. Bob Moorhouse’s documentation during his thirty-five year tenure on the historical Pitchfork Ranch, Guthrie Texas.
THE EVOLUTION OF METALLIC CAT
IMMORTALIZING THE LEGEND – METALLIC CAT When I reached out to Jay Winborn, Executive Director of the National Cutting Horse Association and shared my goals with him, dialogue began on how to properly align my work with the NCHA as a new Sponsor. With patience at the forefront the opportunity presented itself as the preferred avenue to pursue going forward.
My obligation as an artist and a new Sponsor of the NCHA was to fulfill the tall order of immortalizing the one and only METALLIC CAT, affectionately known as ‘Denver’. Once choice reference photo of Metallic Cat, I set aside all projects at hand and treated this commission painting with as much respect and attention as the individual himself deserves. In the quiet confines of my studio, day after day, layer after layer, one brush stroke at a time, Metallic Cat unfolded himself into this portrait we finally get to share with the world.
The original painting was presented by the NCHA & myself to proud owner, Mr. Bobby Patton during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2021 NCHA Metallic Cat World Championship Futurity, Fort Worth, TX. Dec 11, 2021.
Both professionally and personally, it is my honour to share with you my depiction of this Legendary stallion. And without doubt, one of my greatest honours to date, being chosen to immortalize one of the Industry’s most significant contributors in history.
NATIONAL CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION WELCOMES SHANNON LAWLOR FINE ART AS AN EVENT SPONSOR FORT WORTH TEXAS – The National Cutting Horse Association is excited to welcome Shannon Lawlor Fine Art as an official event sponsor of the 2021 NCHA Metallic Cat World Championship Futurity.
“Throughout my sixteen year art career, I have come to embrace many breeds and disciplines within my work,” said Lawlor. “Particularly, our equine athletes performing at a high level, not unlike what is represented within the NCHA family. With this new partnership, my goal is to authentically preserve and promote the longstanding traditions and values of the NCHA, and I look forward to introducing my artwork and offering custom commission paintings to the cutting horse industry.”
Lawlor’s goal of preserving the West through her work paired with the rich Western history of the sport of cutting make this partnership a seamless fit.
“We are excited to welcome this new partnership with Shannon Lawlor,” said Jay Winborn, NCHA executive director. “Shannon creates incredible pieces showcasing both the cutting horse and the Western lifestyle that we all enjoy. As a part of this partnership, we have been collaborating on some special projects that will be revealed at the upcoming NCHA Metallic Cat World Championship Futurity, and I am looking forward to sharing these with our members.”
NCHA members will have the opportunity to view and purchase Shannon Lawlor Fine Art at her booth in the Best of the West Tradeshow at the 2021 NCHA Metallic Cat World Championship Futurity held November 17 – December 11 in Fort Worth, Texas.
2021 brought a true honour and artistic departure to be asked to design the new State of Montana custom license plate for the Montana Cutting Horse Association.
Thanks to TLC Ranch Products & Real Estate
for including me in this very special project. To purchase a plate if you live in the beautiful state of Montana, call or click here: 406-471-5578