Clark Sheppard, American Artist, Celebrating Sedona’s Magic and Beauty – with amazing award-winning, nature-inspired “Whimsical Art,” Sedona Landscape paintings in Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor.
I wanted to discover if I had any artistic talent, so in 1990, I enrolled in an adult evening education art class in a local high school. I first chose to work with watercolor, thinking it would be the easiest to work in, but later discovered that it was the most difficult.
My first mentor was a friend, Gordon Haas, who is an accomplished artist with his Gallery in Lambertville, NJ. a professional artist, who authored “No I’m not staving.” I showed Gordon my first watercolor, and he encouraged me to continue painting. I asked Gordon, “What do I do next?”, and he replied, “The next time you want to paint something, to bring me the reference and I will show me how to lay it out.”
What I brought him was “Christmas Eve” by Thomas McKnight that I found on the back of the Reader’s Digest. I was so inspired by McKnight’s use of color and light that I decided to pay homage to him by using the “Mc” and inserting it in front of my old U.S. Army nickname of “Shep.” To this day, I sign my art “McShep,” which is also the name of my website, www.mcshep.com.
Since moving from N.J in 2004 to Sedona, Arizona, I’ve delighted in being immersed in the magical presence that is so palpable in Sedona. I’m ever so grateful to be living my life and creating my whimsical landscape art in this most spiritual and wondrous place. I love the fact that I’m never at a loss for what I’ll be painting next. There’s just so much inspiration coming from all directions and all levels, from magnificent 360-degree landscapes that I witness on my hikes, to the abundance of like-minded and like-hearted folks with congruent spiritual mindsets.
Since the licensing of my art to Warner Bros., I’ve been looking to develop a specialized niche utilizing my vibrant color palette, for which I’m known. Having learned about an offer for a “Modern Abstract” workshop here in Sedona at the Sedona Art Center, I knew it was time to expand my horizons farther. I’ve dubbed my new style “Whimsically Abstracting the Landscape Sky.” I always start with the sky and let the rest of the painting fall out of me! When you see my art in person, it has a 3-D look to it, because of the vivid contrast created by my deliberate color choice, and placement of specific colors next to one another.
Most recently, having been discovered by Nimin Chen, owner of a Southern California Gallery, I have received the honor of being invited to show 12 of my original paintings in Guangzhou, China, December 29, 2018. — January 9th, 2019
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Former President George W. Bush is a proud owner of my award-winning “Patriotic Longhorns.” My art has been featured in SouthwestArt Magazine, Cowboys & Indians, American Cowboy, Texas Monthly, and True West magazines. Additionally, numerous local Sedona newspapers, art gallery guides, and magazines have featured Sedona Art Studios with articles and photographs of my work. Sedona Art Studios is proud to have sponsored “Sedona International Film Festival.” My original watercolor of “Goulding’s Stagecoach” hangs in the “Stagecoach” restaurant at Gouldings Lodge in Monument Valley, AZ.
I’ve been living my dream in Sedona, Arizona since 2004- a truly magical place to live. I feel that Sedona is the most beautiful place on earth, in so many ways. What better place to offer canvas prints and all types of wall art than right here. The “whimsical” feel of my work is much inspired by the unique and magical Beauty of Sedona. My daily gratitude for living in this remarkable place continually reminds me to open and expand my conscious awareness of and appreciation for the profound impact nature can have on us when we honestly pay attention to this beautiful planet we call Earth. Yes, I will be here ever after!
If you’re looking for things to do in Sedona, then visit The Village Gallery, in the Village of Oak Creek, Sound Bites Grill, Alma de Sedona B&B, Richard David for Men, Red Canyon Retreat Sedona and Oak Creek Chiropractic in the Village of Oak Creek. This is where you will find my Sedona Landscape Arts prints.
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working” ~ Pablo Picasso
Clark’s email ~ [email protected]
Phone ~ 928-301-9268 Text Or Call