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NILE Announces Cover Art Winner

If you love western art, you'll love the winning entry for the NILE Gold Buckle Horse Sale Catalog Cover Art Contest! It's called "The New Knife," and the winning artist is Shannon Lawlor.



"We received 29 art submissions and it made choosing a piece so much harder." said NILE Equine Programs and Communications Direcor, Kenzie Holmberg. "We want to thank everyone who submitted artwork and shared our contest with their artist friends!"


According to the NILE press release, Lawlor has a passion for preserving the West and, of course, horses.


"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. If it was the pure enjoyment of drawing and painting horses that propelled her into pursuing the life of an artist full time, it is her continued deep sense of pride in knowing the West is her lifestyle and her people, that gives her a sense of obligation to authentically preserve it.   


“Horses are a part of my breath, an extension of myself.”

Check out more of Lawlor's artwork on her website: https://www.shannonlawlor.com/

Or @LawlorArt on Facebook or Instagram

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