Jean Sheppard


Jean Sheppard’s attention to place is apparent in her work, from intimate floral images to depictions of rhythmic foothills and mountain slopes. Her works place you in the moment and mood of well-loved trails and sweeping vistas with their details along the way. She is also particularly fond of cats and cows with their varied takes on life.

Jean Sheppard states that linoblock printing, with its clear and strong line satisfies her intent not to “replicate the scene… but to capture a feeling or a mood for a place”.

The artist’s home is a short drive to high mountains in one direction and is surrounded by prairie vistas. She takes it all in, although she reveals she is particularly fond of the rolling, curvaceous, sculpted foothills. With her background in botany, there is a strong interest in floral imagery both wild and cultivated.

According to Jean, “the land has been a powerful force on Canadians and has affected our lives, our communities and our history. It produces an emotional response in many. These paintings are my response to the incredibly beautiful landscape that surrounds me”.

Jean Sheppard has background in botany/biology (B.Sc. in Biology, Carleton University (1963); M.Sc. in Biology, University of Saskatchewan (1968), where she worked for five years). In 1977 she and her family moved to the foothills near Pincher Creek. Jean set up a studio beside their home and worked as a professional potter. It was here that she began painting with soft pastels and then in 1998, upon retiring from making pottery, concentrated on that medium as well as block printing and monotypes. Jean Sheppard and her husband Dave are known advocates for the environment and now live in Lethbridge.

Education
1963 - B.Sc.(Hons. Biology) Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
1968 - M.Sc.(Biology) University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
1971 - various non-degree, non-diploma courses in pottery, University of Regina
1972 - glaze chemistry, Vancouver College of Art
1973 –1998 - professional potter
1994 – present - pastel artist
2001 – Landscape Painting – David More, Red Deer College
2002 – Introduction to Monotypes –Susan Woolgar, Red Deer College
2003 – Advanced Monotypes – Susan Woolgar, Red Deer College

Solo Exhibitions
2015, Jean Sheppard - Monotypes and Pastels, Willock and Sax Gallery
2010, Prairies to Peaks, Willock and Sax Gallery, Banff
2006, Consider the Lilies, Willock and Sax Gallery, Waterton Park
2004 – “Pressing Matters – Exploring the Monotype” Allied Arts Council, Lebel Mansion Gallery, Pincher Creek, AB
2003 – “A Closer Look at Iris”, Bowman Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB
2002 – “Peaks and Valleys – Landscapes of Waterton Park”, Willock and Sax Gallery
2001 – “A Closer Look at Iris”, Willock and Sax Gallery
1999 - West of the 5th, Allied Arts Council, Lebel Mansion Gallery
1997 - Waterton Natural History Association, Waterton Park, AB
1996 - Waterton Natural History Association
1995 - Waterton Natural History Association
1994 - Flora and Other Friends, Allied Arts Council, Pincher Creek, AB
1994 - Waterton Natural History Association

Group Exhibitions
July-September 2008 – “It’s Not What but How” – Crowsnest Pass Allied Arts Association Art Gallery, Frank, Alberta
July-September 2005  - “Textures on the Land” – Crowsnest Pass Allied Arts Association
July 2004 – “Wonder of Water” – Jean Sheppard, Linda Anderson Stewart and Jim Stokes, Willock and Sax Gallery, Waterton Park, AB
August 1998 - July 2001 - "Prairie Grass to Mountain Pass" Muttart Travelling Exhibition Program, Alberta Foundation of the Arts
September 1997 - "Pincher in the Pass", Crowsnest Pass Allied Arts
September, October 1996 -" Sunflowers"- Allied Arts Council, Pincher Creek, AB
August 1996 - Oppertshauser Gallery, Stony Plain, AB
January, February 1994 - "Flowers and Trees", Bowman Art Gallery, Lethbridge

Collections: across Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, Australia, and South Africa

Other
December 2002 – elected to Pastel Society of Canada
November 2001 – “From the Mountains to the Prairies – Two Artists Who Love the Landscape” by Jill Barber.  Rockies magazine, Fall 2001/Winter2002, pages 8-9
January 1995 - "Above Mill Creek" accepted for FEESA (Friends of Environmental Education Society of Alberta) Alberta Species and Places Calendar, 1996, September
Volunteer art related work
1988-1997, 1999 to 2002, director on the board of the Allied Arts Council of Pincher Creek, 1990-1992, president

Teaching
March 2002 – An Introduction to Using Soft Pastels, Allied Arts Council of Pincher Creek
October 2000 – Introduction to Lino Block Printing, Allied Arts Council of Pincher Creek
February 1998 - Introduction to Lino Block Printing, Allied Arts Council of Pincher Creek