David Shepherd


Shepherd, David


Beech Town Farm


oil on canvas


22 " x 36 "

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Artist Statement/Biography

Artist Statement/Biography

“My work is often taken from my home city of Hamilton. There are excellent nature reserves, and rural scenery that can be found in and around the city. When painting a 'landscape', I always use photography loosely, mainly for composition. However the composition, lighting, form, range of values, drawing and wild life, cannot be found within a photograph. One must use fundamental knowledge of landscape painting, as well as experimentation with different techniques, to achieve a realism in painting that supercedes a photograph and embellishes reality to invoke feeling. “

Starting drawing at the age of three, and painting at the age of eight, David has continued pursuing art educationally, through highschool and into post-secondary education. At a young age, taking much reference from ‘Comics’, David became interested in ‘realism’ painting in highschool, after viewing great works from masters such as Caravaggio and Rembrandt.

David graduated from the Sheridan College Institute of Technology in ‘Art Fundamentals’ in 2008. However, a lack of training in form, colour and ‘realism’ technique led David to further education at a less conventional school.

Joining the Academy of Realist Art (ARA) in 2008, David was able to receive a training similar to that of Bouguereau and the 19th-century French Academies. After four years of study under the ‘Academic’ system. David graduated from their program in 2012.

Although a young artist, David has paintings in both private and public collections, and is represented by galleries in Hamilton where he lives.