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Life and Works of David Shepherd

David Shepherd was born on April 25, 1931. He is a world renowned British artist that is known for his wildlife paintings. He is often regarded as an outspoken conservationist and frequently paints exotic creatures and landscapes from many African regions.

Born in the London suburb of Hendon, he became interested in painting as early as the age of 8. He won a painting competition for the magazine Nursery World. He was rejected from the Slade School of Fine Arts in London and when he tried to be a game warden in Kenya.

Despite his rejections, he was taken in by an artist who trained him for three years. Soon after, he travelled throughout the African continent and became inspired when he witnessed a few dead zebras that were poisoned from the water they drank.

It was experiences of that magnitude that made him want to conserve and protect animals. He created the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation for the nurture and protection of animals as well as creating paintings illustrating African wildlife. One of his first paintings to be published was a painting of an African Bull elephant, which he titled "Wise Old Elephant".

His first painting brought him worldwide critical fame when it was sold in the millions. His career exploded from that moment on and he used his success for the benefit of the animal conservation movement. His future works and limited editions were sold out in a matter of hours.

David Shepherd has proven to be one of the most original artists of the 20th century by painting with passion. Many of his works are themed around conservation. When he did achieve success, he was able to achieve something even greater, through his wildlife foundation, he's been able to rescue and save multiple species of animals that were nearing endangerment or extinction.

He's invested his whole career on the chance to save the planet's species. He addresses climate change and how greatly it will affect numerous wildlife species. Being so outspoken has gotten a lot of applause from his fans and critics. Art collectors pay many thousands to buy his works, and as a bonus they are able to enjoy his paintings and feel lucky to have an original, or a signed limited edition in their homes.

His paintings have now been regarded as fine classics of the new generation. They have gained international stardom and became symbols of the wildlife conservation movement. As for David Shepherd, he continues to paint and his signed limited editions are increasingly sought after. He has also traveled around the world trying to encourage others to save and protect vulnerable species of animals.

As for his art, he has written up to 5 books about his paintings and his style of painting. He has also gained in interest in locomotives. He owns two Zambian locomotives that were given to him. He has donated them to National Railway Museum in the UK. His love of steam engines has inspired him to create paintings based around his topic of interest. So while most of his paintings are about the African wildlife, he paints about other things that he enjoys.His variety of paintings just concludes his versatility and passion for art.

He continues to provide art to the public but most of all he inspires us to take care of our fading species. He has his own website that allows us to educate ourselves about our planet's species and asks for a small donation that could save thousands of animals.

David Shepherd is the real deal, a talented artist and a humanitarian. He makes us all take a second look, and he inspires us to help out our animals in need.


David Tatham has been working in the world of fine arts for over many years and his website http://www.davidshepherd.com contains a wealth of information, also hundreds signed, limited edition prints and original works of art by world renowned artists, for example the conservationist and wildlife artist, David Shepherd.

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