Artist: Ellen Cameron
Purchaser & Location: Winsong Farm
5240 15th Sideroad, King City
When I was asked to particiapate in this project I wished to illustrate the horse in a number of events that would be held in Palgrave, and at Will O Wind. To accomplish this end, I created silhouettes from photographs that I had taken previously and I used these photographs to highlight Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping and Hunter Jumpers. From there I wished to further illustrate that, in the Hills of Headwaters, we have many western riders and breeding operations as well. Lastly, I wished to honour the draft horses who have worked the fields throughout rural Ontario for generations and have provided the highest quality hay in the country for these amazing competitive horses to consume, giving them the edge they require to compete at the international level.
As my project developed I soon realized that on the show grounds we were surrounded by many world renowned riders who just happened to be amongst us, with, coincidentally, their magnificent horses. So, I thought that it would be a lovely idea if these star athletes might autograph my horse Silhouette. Without exception, each rider immediately volunteered to sign. Ian Millar was the first to sign, followed by Chris Sorenson, Torchy Millar, John Rumble, Penny Roland, Alan Ehrlick, Craig Collins, Mac Cone, two time Olympian Jay Hayes, Coventry lane Farms, Grande Farms, Blithe Hill Farms, Chrsitalot Hanson-Boylen, Megan Lane and many, many more who wished to sign, but, were either unavailable, and or, not able to do so as the Parade of Horse project was ending and time simply ran out. So in closing, I would like to say that it was my sincere honour to have had so many equestrians wishing to participate in the signing of my work.
About Ellen Cameron:
Ellen Cameron graduated from York University where she studied Fine Art. Her original concentration was in painting where she worked on commissioned oil paintings. She has since expanded her horizons and turned her talents to fine art photography where she has once again demonstrated her gift for artistic interpretation. With the advent of new technology I am now able to combine the two disciplines, of painting and photography, which allows me to explore the possibilities of unlimited creative expression.
For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with drawing and painting horses. I was awed by the power and majesty of these magnificent, yet gentle creatures. I seek to convey in my work their remarkable spirit with all of their strength and seemingly contradictory fragility. The backdrop for my work is The Niagara Escarpment, one section of which runs through The Headwaters Region. The Escarpment is a unique ecosystem in Ontario which has been recognized since 1990 by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve and an area which some are privileged to call home.
In my image, Morning Glory (pictured right below), the horse in the foreground is Centre Stage who was bred, foaled and raised at Coventry Lane Farm in Mono. Centre Stage was the winner of both the Governor General’s Cup, and the Lieutenant Governor’s Cup at the Royal Winter Fair in 2010 ; a fairly rare ‘double cup’ achievement, and in the most prestigious classes available to 3 year old Canadian Bred show horses. Tragically “Centre Stage” was lost, on December 5, 2011 at just 4 years of age, to complications from colic and resulting surgery.
Bound for Glory (pictured left below) features “Encore”, a horse bred, foaled and raised also in Mono, at Coventry Lane Farm. In November 2012 she finished 3rd in the GOVERNOR GENERAL’S CUP at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. In September 2013 she was the Ontario Hunter Jumper Association, Reserve Champion 4-5 Year olds, in the ” $10,000 ULTIMATE HUNTER CHALLENGE. In the Winter of 2013-2014 she was a multiple winner, with Championships in Baby Green Hunter, and 3-4 year old Hunter Division in “Winter Equestrian Festival” in Wellington , Florida, widely regarded as the most prestigious hunter jumper show series in all of North America.