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About the Artist David Shepherd

David Shepherd - "to start with, my life was a series of disasters". Growing up in the 1930’s, his one ambition was to be a game warden in Kenya and so, on leaving school, he went to Kenya and was promptly told by the National Parks people that he was not wanted. On returning to England, David was faced with two choices.

Works By David Shepherd

  • Tsavo Rhino by David Shepherd
    Tsavo Rhino
  • Cheetah Family - In The Serengeti by David Shepherd
    Cheetah Family - In The Serengeti
  • Portfolio Set I & II (Set of 4) by David Shepherd
    Portfolio Set I & II (Set of 4)
  • Serengeti Friends by David Shepherd
    Serengeti Friends
  • Water Vole by David Shepherd
    Water Vole
  • Portfolio Set II - Pandas & Tigers (Set of 2) by David Shepherd
    Portfolio Set II - Pandas & Tigers (Set of 2)
  • The Gentle Giant by David Shepherd
    The Gentle Giant
  • Tiger In The Snow by David Shepherd
    Tiger In The Snow
  • Whisky The Farmyard Cat by David Shepherd
    Whisky The Farmyard Cat
  • Happy Time - Elephants by David Shepherd
    Happy Time - Elephants
  • In The Mists Of Rwanda - Gorilla by David Shepherd
    In The Mists Of Rwanda - Gorilla
  • When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Cart Horse (Cameo) by David Shepherd
    When I Grow Up I Want To Be A Cart Horse (Cameo)
  • Eggs Sixpence A Dozen by David Shepherd
    Eggs Sixpence A Dozen
  • In The Masai Mara by David Shepherd
    In The Masai Mara
  • Up A Gum Tree - Koalas by David Shepherd
    Up A Gum Tree - Koalas
  • Lion & Leopard Cubs - Mini Collection by David Shepherd
    Lion & Leopard Cubs - Mini Collection
  • Masai Giraffe and Young by David Shepherd
    Masai Giraffe and Young
  • My Savuti Friend - Elephant by David Shepherd
    My Savuti Friend - Elephant
  • Jimmys Forge by David Shepherd
    Jimmys Forge
  • Giants At Rest by David Shepherd
    Giants At Rest
  • Into The Sunlight There Came A Tiger by David Shepherd
    Into The Sunlight There Came A Tiger
  • African Waterhole by David Shepherd
    African Waterhole
  • The Best Spots On The Hill by David Shepherd
    The Best Spots On The Hill
  • Egrets And Friends by David Shepherd
    Egrets And Friends
  • The White Tiger Of Rewa by David Shepherd
    The White Tiger Of Rewa
  • The Clockmenders Cat by David Shepherd
    The Clockmenders Cat
  • The Cheetahs Of Namibia by David Shepherd
    The Cheetahs Of Namibia
  • Working Sketch For A Painting Of A Tiger by David Shepherd
    Working Sketch For A Painting Of A Tiger
  • Jaguar by David Shepherd
    Jaguar
  • Jaguars by David Shepherd
    Jaguars
  • The Land Of The Baobab Tree by David Shepherd
    The Land Of The Baobab Tree
  • The Sentinel by David Shepherd
    The Sentinel

One was ‘to drive a bus for a living’ and the other was to pursue the only other possibility: painting. However, he admits that he had very little interest in art and certainly no talent; for he was promptly rejected by the Slade School of Fine Art as ‘untrainable’.

By chance, he met Robin Goodwin, a professional artist, who took him under his wing, David believes ‘as a challenge’! After three years with Robin Goodwin, he started his artistic career pursuing his first two loves, steam engines and aviation. It was the latter that led him to the Royal Air Force who began to fly him around the world as their guest and it was a trip to Aden in 1960 which changed his life. It seemed that almost everyone wanted a painting, but, more important still, the Royal Air Force flew him down to Kenya where he was commissioned by them to paint his very first wildlife painting and his career never looked back from that moment. It was on that same visit that he became a conservationist after finding 255 dead zebra around a poisoned water hole.

On returning to London, he had his first one-man show of wildlife paintings. The exhibition sold out in the first twenty minutes and he has not looked back since! Apart from the tremendous demand for his originals, a number of which he donates to wildlife through The David Shepherd Conservation Foundation, to pay back what, in his own words, is my enormous debt to the animals I paint, his published work is avidly sought after.

Latest Artworks

Framed Size: 20 x 20 inches


Framed Size: 20 x 20 inches


Framed Size: 34 x 14 inches