Artists’ Walk

The Can-Am Equine Expo show will feature a number of equine artists presenting their work in what we are describing as the ‘Artists’ Walk’. Between Buildings #1 & #2 there will be a showcase of artists and their creative, original pieces of art work. Each of the artists will be donating a piece of their work to be auctioned off, with all proceeds being donated to Equine Guelph. The auction will be taking place before the Saturday Evening Extravaganza on April 6 in the Main Arena

Shawn Hamilton-CliX Photography

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Shawn Hamilton (MacIntosh) was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1961. Moving to  Ontario in 1973 growing up primarily in Prince Edward County, Shawn attended The University of Toronto where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Computer Science.  After a career in data base management  in the advertising industry  her passion for horses and photography grew increasingly stronger and in 1984 CLiX Photography was created. In 1986 Shawn’s work appeared on the cover of The Corinthian Horse Sport magazine and The Canadian Horsemen and she has never looked back.

After covering five Olympics starting with Barcelona, the last one being Hong Kong as well as numerous World Equestrian Games and other international events Shawn has geared her focus to Equine Travel. From wine tasting by horse back in South Africa to Crossing the Andes from Chile to Argentina Shawn has published various articles with outstanding images on her Equestrian Excursions.

CLiX photography can be found on the covers and inside magazines such as Horse Illustrated, The Trail Rider, Horse Sport, Horse Canada, The Horse, Equus, Practical Horsemen, Dressage Today,and countless more.  Shawn has four non fiction children’s books published by Scholastic Canada titled “ Crazy For Horses”, “ Still Crazy For Horses”, “ Crazy For Ponies” and “ Totally Crazy for Horses” ( author Karen Briggs) as well as the 2004 & 2005 Hallmark horse calendars.

Shawn now resides on a small farm in Orono, Ontario with her husband Joe and their four children along with five horses, two cats and a large Bernese Mountian dog. Shawn enjoys trail riding and eventing and is a level 2 ski instructor at Brimacombe ski hill. In the midst of running CLiX,  raising four children and caring for five horses Shawn still manages to find time for other hobbies such as riding, guitar, skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking.


Merriweather Studio- Nola McConnan


Nola loves making pictures. Her goal is simple, make pictures that fulfill her clients needs and wants. This allows her to be an artist, the artist whose favourite subject is horses. Horses of all sorts. Her pictures are for those seeking works for smaller modern spaces. Domestic animals and their people, in formal or informal settings, in the home, in the barn, ring or field. She’s won a few awards, had a few solo and many group exhibitions along the way. Nola has been a professional visual artist ever since her first sale in 1967, a graphite image from life of an elderly horse in a paddock. Nola did four Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Posters, which tell the story of the Fair. 2006 “A Royal ABC”, 2007 “75 Years of Innovation”, 2008 “Celebrating the Best of the Best”, and 2009 “A Royal 123”.This winter, in partnership with the Toronto Mounted Unit at the CNE Horse Palace, her group of horse loving artists studied the Mounted Unit and leaned to Look, See & Draw Just Horses from Life, no cameras.


Janice Ykema

Janice paints to tell stories. She works at balancing the fine line of abstraction with reality, evoking a sense of peace, movement, life,character  and perhaps a dash of humour to each canvas. This artist finds common observations of our everyday world a way to establish connections with viewers, so they in turn find their own stories within her work. Her work is classified as Expressionist.

Janice is a practicing professional artist.  She is a graduate of OCADU and has ben actively painting since 2007. She has been in two traveling Group Show Exhibitions, Progressions III and Progressions IV, through the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

In 2015 Janice was the *Royal Poster Artist* for the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.  Janice has shown internationally in Ankara Turkey as well as in the United States and her work can be found in many private and corporate collections. Janice is a member of Ontario Society of Artists, Colour and form Society and Southern Ontario Visual Artists.

Janice grew up on a farm in Southern Ontario and one of her first memories is being hoisted up on a  Belgian Draft Horse by her Grandfather when she was around 4 and feeling the power, and the height and heft underneath her. That would have been her very first exposure to horses and her interest and love for them has never left. View her work at:


Vickie Lawrence

Vickie has had a passion for horses all her life. When she was a teen, she worked and paid for her own riding lessons at a three day eventing stable. This was the beginning of a 30 year career, teaching, breeding, caring for and training horses in a variety of disciplines.  This experience shows in her realism art work where conformation, equipment, stance and attention to detail, are accurate down to the tiniest hair.

Vickie is self taught in that she has no formal art education. She does however come from a long line of accomplished artists. Vickie has been working at her art since 1986. She works  predominantly  in graphite, coloured pencil, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media. While horses are her favourite subject, she also enjoys portraying floral, still life, landscape and other animals. Vickie’s art has been published in books and magazines, been accepted into national and international competitions, won numerous awards and she is currently sharing her experience with coloured pencil and teaching workshops and lessons. View more of her work at: