Mandy Shepherd was born in 1960. Her art education began with a foundation year at the Byam Shaw, London. This was followed by three years at Brighton to complete her honours degree in Fine Art and Illustration. After she completed her degree, she travelled to Africa to work in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Whilst with a leading advertising agency she gained valuable experience and worked with a highly successful gallery in Johannesburg. Researching South African artists and managing to establish her own painting style at the same time.
She held her first solo show in Zimbabwe in 1980 and this set the pace for an exciting career ahead. In 1982 she returned to London to join a shared studio for a short period before moving to Chichester which has now been her home since 1985.
Wildlife took her to the Falkland Islands in 1996 but opened the door to a new world of military subjects, from which she has not looked back. Her portfolio includes subject of both wildlife and domestic, military and portraiture.
Most recently she has painted esteemed portraits of the Masters of Livery Companies, and Judges upon retirement at The Old Bailey. Her book ‘The Falkland Islands – an Artists 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 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.
Her father, David Shepherd is a world famous wildlife painter and conservationist. You can find his Artist Spotlight by following the link below.