"Loving wildlife and nature makes us rich beyond measure. My father was unapologetic in his fight for what was right and he was a voice of those who cannot be heard. His fight from the heart continues and as an Art Ambassador it is a proud moment to uphold his legacy in the spirit of Conservation."
DSWF Art Ambassador - Mandy Shepherd
Mandy was born in 1960. Her Art education began with a foundation year at the Byamshaw, London, followed by three years at Brighton to complete an honours degree in Fine Art and Illustration. After her degree, she travelled to Africa to work in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
She gained valuable experience with a leading advertising agency in Harare during Independence, worked with a highly successful gallery in Johannesburg researching South African artists and managing to establish her own painting style at the same time.
The trip culminated in her first solo show in Zimbabwe in 1980 and this set the pace for an exciting career ahead and a long established and continuing partnership with the Tryon Gallery, [now Rountree Tryon ] in London, for over 30 years.
She has most recently painted esteemed portraits of the Masters of Livery Companies, and Judges upon retirement at The Old Bailey. Her book ‘The Falkland Islands – an Artist’s Portfolio’ was followed by substantial illustrative material for Flag Officer and Sea Training for the Royal Navy and by the commissioned book for HMS DARING. Her work also features in ‘The Shoot Lunch’ by J C Jeremy Hobson.
Her success has come from her open enthusiasm to paint all things with an expression in fine detail and this attention to accuracy is complimented by an interpretation of subject material which is unique to Mandy. The subject composition sets her apart from other wildlife and military painters.
Mandy lives near Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom.