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Biography - Laura Shepard

Biography:

I was ten years old when I won a litter poster contest for the county of Hampshire in England - my prize was a set of oil paints. This was not the beginning of my art career, however, for my earliest memories are all about drawing: knife-sharpened pencils and stacks of used office paper for drawing practice that my dad brought home from work.

With my parents, art was a priority - famous prints hung on our walls, and I grew up with the images of Frederic Remington, Montague Dawson, Diego Velazquez, Norman Rockwell, and N.C. Wyeth in my head. Vacations were planned around visiting the great art museums of the world in London, Paris, Madrid, Florence, Rome, and New York City. This was not just handed to my brother, sister, and me; we had to earn the privilege of accompanying my parents on "their" trips by reading at least three books about the country we would be visiting. And on each of these trips, my dad would invariably stop us at some memorable spot and say, "Now kids, I want you to remember this".

He was an aeronautical engineer by day and an oil painter by night, on weekends, and holidays. Until I left home for college, I spent my evenings side by side with him at the dining table doing homework while he painted. The only A+ earned during my college years was for an essay I wrote about him, entitled "Through an Artist's Eye" - how he taught me to see the world from this uniquely wonderful point of view.

I received a bachelors degree from the University of California at Davis and a masters degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and worked as a portrait artist and illustrator before beginning my studies at the Art Students League of Denver. I was a full time student at the League for five years, in addition to taking workshops and traveling abroad with fellow artists.

I continue to work on drawing and painting skills through workshops and monthly critiques, and to broaden my horizons through participation in international conferences, including the Portrait Society of America and the Weekend with the Masters annual conferences. I am a member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, the Portrait Society of America, and the Art Student's League of Denver.

E.B. White, author of Charlotte's Web, once wrote, "All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world." That's all that I ever hope to say in my paintings.

 

Exhibitions & National Juried Shows:

November 2012 to January 2013 - Mountain Oyster Club 43rd Annual National Juried Western Art Show, Tucson, AZ - "The Longhorns Come To Town" purchased by the Mountain Oyster Club for their private collection.

June to July 2012 - Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition - Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Evergreen, CO

November 2011 to January 2012 - Mountain Oyster Club 42nd Annual National Juried Western Art Show Tucson, AZ

January 2011 - Paradise: A Tropical Art Show Center for the Arts Evergreen, CO First Place: "Aloha"

November 2010 to February 2011 - Creative Capitol Exhibition State Capitol, Denver CO

2010 to January 2011 - Mountain Oyster Club 41st Annual National Juried Western Art Show Tucson, AZ October

2010 - Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY November

2009 to January 2010 - Mountain Oyster Club 40th Annual National Juried Western Art Show Tucson, AZ October

2009 - American Impressionist Society 10th Annual National Juried Show Saks Gallery, Denver CO Honorable Mention: "Jus' Floatin'"