Ellen Cameron painted our Fibreglass Horse and named it Silhouette. In the paragraphs below Ellen explains her creative process.
“When I was asked by the Headwaters Equine Leadership Group to paint one of the fibreglass horses I decided to illustrate the equestrian events to be held during the 2015 Pan-Am Games. To accomplish this I created silhouettes from photographs I had taken previously. I used them to highlight Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping. From there I wished to illustrate that in the Hills of Headwaters we have many western riders and breeding operations. Lastly, I wanted to honour the draft horses who have worked the fields throughout rural Ontario for generations. They helped provide the highest quality hay in the country for the amazing competitive horses to consume, giving them the edge they require to compete at the international level.
“The life-sized fibreglass horses were painted at the Caledon Pan-Am Equestrian Park. While the artists were indoors, competitions were being held outdoors, first dressage, then jumping. I soon realized that we were surrounded by many world-renowned riders and their magnificent horses.
“I thought that it would be a lovely idea if these star athletes would autograph my horse, Silhouette. Without exception, each rider immediately volunteered to sign. Ian Millar was the first, followed by Chris Sorensen, Torchy Millar, John Rumble, Penny Rowland, Allan Ehrlick, Craig Collins, Mac Cone, Jay Hayes, Coventry Lane Farm, Grande Farms, Ross Millar, Blithe Hill Farm, Christilot Hanson-Boylen and Megan Lane. Many, many more wanted to sign, but were not able to because the fibreglass horses were on the move, travelling to Bolton. Time simply ran out. In closing I would like to say that it was my sincere honour to have so many equestrians participate in the signing of my work.”