Margot Cormier Splane Visual Artist

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Internationally Award Winning Artist

Chasing the Urban Metal Sheep


Acrylic on Canvas ~ 2006
47 x 28″ 118 x 70 cm

This dog painting features a dog running full speed after a flock of vehicles to herd them. Border collies that don’t have sheep shift to cars.

We got ourselves a border collie from a breeder who specialized in herding dogs. These dogs were bred to chase sheep and to work. At about ten weeks old our dog imprinted on cars, they became his “sheep”. For about two days we thought it was really funny having this tiny puppy stumble around after every car that went by. Then a thought struck me, hum some day this is going to be a very strong athletic dog, and it may not be a lot of fun taking him for a walk. At this point we tried to discourage him, but it was too late.

Whenever I am doing anything around the outside of my house, I let the dog join me because he knows the borders of the property, and that he is not allowed to go beyond them. As soon as the door is opened, he runs full tilt to the curb, and immediately begins scanning back and forth for cars. When a car goes by, he races madly from one end of the property to the other. Then he sits down and immediately begins scanning for the next car, it’s his job.

This painting has participated in the following International Exhibits;
iBiennial of Contemporary Art, online 2009, London UK 2009-2011
Ambience Art Contest 2007, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia 2007 ~ Awarded Honourable Mention
American Juried Art Salon 2007 Spring/Summer Exhibition, Plano, Texas, USA 2007
Arcadia, The End of Time, Projekt 30, New York, NY, USA 2006
Painting on the Edge, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver BC, Canada 2006