Born in Dallas, Texas, portraits have always been Shep's greatest joy in his second career…Oil Painting. He was an Account Executive for Wrangler Jeans for 30 years, winning Sales Person of the Year five times. After retiring in 2011, the artist has devoted his full energies to painting.
Geoffrey Laurence of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Tina Szajko of Bellville, Texas have been major influences in his style. He uses the 5 Step Venetian method of painting featuring Drawing, Grisaille, Warm/Cool Stage, many Glazes, and final Varnishing his my work.
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The artist currently has two studios, one at his home in Bentwater on Lake Conroe outside Montgomery, Texas and another one at his summer cabin in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. He helped start and organize Bentwater’s Fine Art Festival.
He also offers “Paint Like a Venetian” Method Classes including a stay at his beautiful cabin in cool Cloudcroft in August.
Shepherd has won “Best of Show” awards at the Conroe Art League, Woodlands Art League, and Brenham Fine Arts League. He was the past President of The Brenham Fine Arts League, a member of the Portrait Society of America, Artists of Texas, and Contemporary Fine Art International.