Margot Cormier Splane Visual Artist

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Internationally Award Winning Artist

Under Employed Border Collie


Hand Pulled Serigraph ~ 11 stencils

2005 ~ 5 x 7″ ~ 13 x 17 cm

Edition 60  Artist Proofs 7

I took an interesting photo of my dog Laika playing with a stick and it kind of looked like a dog drawing because of the way his paw was curled around the stick. This happened when I was photographing him for another piece of border collie art. A few months later, during the winter the temperature was dipping into the –30’s, and we were not getting the dog out for his regular exercise. Most of his outside toys were put away so that they would not get buried under the falling snow and lost for months, and the inside toys were just not enough for him. Our dog was becoming very restless and destructive. Being a border collie, Laika was bred to herd sheep, and these dogs need a lot of exercise. My husband and I were looking at our hyper dog, and my husband said, “What we’ve got on our hands right now, is an under employed border collie.”

That was the inspiration for me to create this serigraph of my dog drawing a sheep. I simply took the stick he had been playing with in the photo I had taken earlier, replaced it with a pencil, and had him drawing a sheep, so that he would have a constant companion to keep him busy.


This hand pulled Serigraph has participated in International Exhibits based in;

‘Artists Choice’ Open Federation of Canadian Artists Show, Thomas Nicola Shuswap Chapter; National 2011

The Open Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, England 2008

The Fifth Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, Federation Gallery, Vancouver, BC Canada; International 2008

21st International Exhibition on Animals in Art, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA, 2008 ~ Won Annual Bulletin Award

National Women’s Exhibition Spring 2008, Impact Artist’s Gallery, Buffalo, New York 2008

Hand Pulled Prints International XIII, Stone Metal Press, San Antonio, Texas, USA 2007

Graphic and Drawing 2006, Waves Art Gallery, Pune, India 2006

5th Lessedra World art print Annual Mini Print 2006; Lessedra Gallery; Sofia, Bulgaria 2006

Every Picture Tells a Story, Northbrook Public Library, Northbrook IL, USA 2006 ~ Won Viewers Choice Award

Magnitude Seven 2006, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 2006

8th Annual Small works Exhibition, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA 2006

Artist and the Animal, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA 2006