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Meet the Artist: Pat Sheppard

I met Pat Sheppard through the Mid-Missouri Fine Arts Society – she exhibits in every show, and almost always gets an award! Interviewing her for the blog was a pleasure, here is an insight into another local artist’s life!

Has art always been a part of your life?

I have been interested in art, it seems, my whole life. I have early memories of drawing, on paper bags, on sidewalks with chalk, on anything I could find.  I drew things – people, animals etc, and people were impressed, but it was just something I loved to do.

I met up with Pat at MannWell's Coffee Alley, where her beautiful art is currently displayed for the month of March. Go and take a look, I have always admired her work.

What sparkled your interest in art?

My mother was a creative person, as was my grandmother. My teachers recognized my interest in art, and were very encouraging.  My high school art teacher was amazing, and I spent many hours in that classroom. College classes, and later workshops, have all been worthwhile.

Pat and Cheryl at MannWell's Coffee Alley. Artists are good at creating wonderful work, but it is always nice when people appreciate it and give them an opportunity to show it to the world.

What is your favorite media?

I have explored other mediums in the past, like watercolors and colored pencil, but I have focused on oils and pastels for quite a few years now. I would like to do sculpture also, I’ve always had an interest in three dimensional art. I also make jewelry.

Simple, yet so beautiful. Pat Sheppard's work will look wonderful in everyone's home.

What is your favorite place to create art – home, studio, outdoors?

The second floor of my home is now my studio space, an advantage of having an “empty nest.” There were many years when it was the kitchen table, so this is a huge improvement. I LOVE spending time in my studio, but I also love painting plein -air. There is nothing like painting outside on a beautiful day, and you learn so much doing that.

Painting beautiful vistas outdoors: does it get any better than that?

What is the most challenging project you have completed?

Plein-air events can also be among the most challenging projects. It’s very demanding physically. There is a lot of equipment to carry, and heat, wind, bugs, and storms are a few of the things that can make it difficult. Altitude was a problem when I did a few events in Colorado. I like to say I am a fair weather painter now!

The great outdoors hides its challenges, but Pat is opting for painting out only in beautiful weather. Photo: Pat Sheppard

What are you currently working on?

I just finished a Painting a Day project for February.  A small group of artists challenge each other to do 6×6 inch paintings, so I do know my next project will be large! I want to do a few large landscapes. I will be doing several plein air events this spring. Augusta has an event in April, then Stems in Kansas City in May.

One of the paintings from Pat's February Painting a Day project. Photo: Pat Sheppard.

What inspires you?

I find inspiration in so many things. Landscapes, faces, figures. It is usually just the play of colors next to each other, or the light on an object. I try to capture the “mood” of the image. I love the challenge of getting things right, like proportions, etc.

Just about everything can serve as inspiration for a painting.

What does your art mean to you?

Art has brought so many positive things into my life. I have wonderful artist friends, and met so many interesting people in the art field.  My husband has been so supportive, and such a great helper. He has helped with many art show set-ups. Art has been a constant in my life. It’s always been a part of it, and always will be.

Still Life.

I do have a competitive nature, I think most artists do. I enter judged and juried shows, locally, regionally, and nationally. I have won awards, and they are a validation of my skills.  I feel I’ve worked very hard to get to this place.

Currently you can purchase some of Pat's paintings and prints at MannWell's Coffee Alley. She also exhibits regularly at the Train Depot Gallery on Front Street. You can reach pat at psheppartist@sbcglobal.net.

About Slava

I am a twenty-something Bulgarian girl in the USA, re-discovering the world through the lens.


5 Responses to “Meet the Artist: Pat Sheppard”

  1. Great write up Slava! Beautiful artwork and a wonderful artist!

    Posted by veronicabrownart | March 7, 2012, 10:18 am
  2. Pat always does fantastic artwork! She’s amazing!

    Posted by Angie Atchley | March 7, 2012, 5:12 pm
  3. Slava,

    I loved this story. Not only is Pat very talented but Manwell’s is a great place to meet!

    At Hillermann’s we have had 2 plein air artist events, BUT I want to put out the invitation to paint pleain air at our location ANYTIME the weather is good.

    We encourage artists to visit us to paint. We have a lot of NATURAL inspiration! please join us!!


    I am talking about Hillermann Nursery & Florist at 2601 E 5th St in Washington, MO open 7 days a week!!!!! And you are WELCOME everyday.


    Posted by sandi mcdonnald | March 7, 2012, 11:22 pm
    • Thank you so much, Sandi!! And thank you for your extended artists invitation!! Hillermann is a great place for photographers, too 🙂 I find constant inspiration in the beautiful plants and flowers you have!! 🙂

      Posted by Slava | March 8, 2012, 7:53 am

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