WHERE DREAMS BEGIN by Linda Shantz & Renee Fukumoto

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Where Dreams Begin

Artist:  Linda Shantz & Renee Fukumoto

Purchaser & Location:  Rock Garden Farms

16930 Airport Road, Caledon East


Meet Where Dreams Begin

The statue has a montage of foals to represent the future equine stars of Canada and beyond.  Foals are the inspiration for future champions in horse sport. Headwaters and the surrounding area is home to many breeding farms that can hold their own in various disciplines on the world stage, and it is important to support these Canadian-bred horses.



About Linda Shantz:

Primarily self-taught, Linda’s artistic education has come from hours of drawing time, and direct involvement with the animals she so admires. She works primarily in oil, and focuses on a variety of equine and canine subject matter. In her paintings she strives not only to capture accurate anatomy, but the spirit of the animal as well.

Linda’s work has been recognized with several awards in juried shows across North America, including the Oil Pastel Society’s “Beginnings” Show, New Jersey Equine Artists’ Association, Art Show at the Dog Show, Harness Tracks of America, the Draft Horse Classic and the Royal Winter Fair’s Fine Art Showcase. In 2007, Linda was one of only eleven International artists selected to portray past winners of the Dubai World Cup, painting 1998 winner Silver Charm. Invited to attend the resulting first-ever Dubai World Cup Art Auction and Exhibition, her work was also featured in the commemorative limited edition book produced to mark the event.

Linda regularly donates artwork to support the fundraising efforts of causes close to her heart: LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society, and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.  She lives on a small farm in Southern Ontario (Canada) with her Border Collie Swish, and the Thoroughbreds which provide her with ongoing inspiration.

Linda’s work is currently exclusively represented by Equis Art Gallery in the Hudson Valley, New York.

About Renee Fukumoto:

Light inspires

rewards pursuit
defines a moment
becomes visible soul
~ Renee Fukumoto

I love capturing the Passion I have for nature; the all important Connection we feel for special animals, places and people and beauty I feel surrounds us, wherever we look for it.  I work in oil, acrylic, pen & ink, graphite, charcoal, pastel and watercolour, photography and digital art creations.  I license a selection of my art and design to be printed on a marvelous variety of products,from t-shirts to binders and stationery.

I’m a Canadian artist and have worked to commission for about 30 years; currently living in Georgetown (Halton Hills), Ontario.

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