Sheila Shepherd will be displaying her paint and pencil works at Tendoy Fine Art, 120 N. Montana Street, in Dillon during the month of August. Her show opens on August 4th with a reception between 1 and 3 PM. Shepherd’s niece, Kayla Peacock, is a sustaining member of Tendoy Fine Art and Shepherd is donating her sale proceeds to the gallery.
Shepherd’s early art instruction began in Jackson Elementary School. She studied with Darrell Johnson in high School and credits Johnson with inspiring her love of creating art. College instruction included Ben Steele at Eastern Montana College and Jim Corr at UMW. Later, painting in the studio of Mary VonLortz, she was schooled in color perfection.
“I am extremely honored to share my art with the community that I have always called home. Most of the pieces I create reflect Southwestern Montana in one way or another. A perfect example is the oil painting of a Southern California beach wave and two footprints. This was inspired when one of my dear high school friends from Dillon visited San Clemente and had never been to the beach. These are her footprints.” says Shepherd.
Shepherd is a mechanical engineer and went to work for Boeing directly out of college. Today she works for a company that sells carbon Fiber to Boeing for aircraft fabrication. She loves the travel and the experiences her career has afforded her. Her artwork primarily focuses on figurative and architectural pieces.