Linda Shantz is not a unique one among artists. Her love of horses was evident from the moment she could point and say, 'horsie', and it is a passion she has never outgrown.
Upon graduating from high school, Linda put a post-secondary degree on hold to work in the Thoroughbred racing industry based at the Woodbine Racecourse in Toronto, Ontario. The introduction of a Border Collie, Maggie, led to the development of a professional dog training business and the pursuit and completion of two Canadian Obedience Champion titles.
The horses soon beckoned again, and when a life-long dream of having her own barn became reality, Linda started a small hands-on lay-up facility.
The intimate bond she has developed with animals allows her to not only capture accurate anatomy of her subjects, but their spirit as well. A long list of satisfied clients will attest to this exceptional ability.
Linda's work has been shown at venues internationally, and recently had the honor of exhibiting in and attending the first ever Dubai World Cup Art Auction and Exhibition in Dubai, UAE. One of eleven international artists, and the only Canadian artist selected, Linda's paintings were included in a commemorative limited edition book to mark the occasion.
Her work was featured in the 2007 Canadian Thoroughbred Queen's Plate Souvenir Magazine and she has also been featured on the cover of The Chronicle of the Horse. Linda has won a number of awards for her work at juried exhibitions and competitions across the continent.
Surrounded by inspiration on her farm in Campbellville, Ontario, Linda's time is divided between commissioned portraits, the creation of hew original artwork, exhibit and gallery commitments.