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

An underemployed dog drawing sheep with a pencil would help to keep my energetic border collie occupied on very cold winter days.

I took an interesting photo of my dog Laika playing with a stick and it kind of looked like a dog drawing with a pencil, because of the way his paw was curled around the stick. A few months later, during the coldest part of winter the temperature outside was hanging around the minus 30’s. Because it was so cold outside, we were not getting our dog Laika out for his longer walk in the woods. Most of his outside toys were in the garage so that they would not get buried under the falling snow, and lost until spring. The inside toys were just not enough to entertain a young border collie. Being a border collie, Laika was bred to herd sheep, and these dogs need a lot of exercise. Our dog was becoming restless and destructive.
My husband and I were looking at our hyper dog in exasperation when 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. With the sheep, Laika would have a constant companion to keep him busy.

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

2011 ‘Artists Choice’ Open Federation of Canadian Artists Show, Thomas Nicola Shuswap Chapter; National
2008 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 ~ Won Annual Bulletin Award
2008 National Women’s Exhibition Spring 2008, Impact Artist’s Gallery, Buffalo, New York
2007 Hand Pulled Prints International XIII, Stone Metal Press, San Antonio, Texas, USA
2006 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 ~ Won Viewers Choice Award
2006 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