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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.