|born on||25 April 1931 at 04:30 (= 04:30 AM )|
|Timezone||GMT h0w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||04°01' 29°06 Asc. 22°16'|
British artist, world-famed for such wildlife paintings as "Tiger Fire," 1973. Shepherd is the author of several books, including "An Artist in Africa," 1967, and "David Shepherd: An Artist in Conservation," 1992.
As a child, David collected books about Africa and dreamed of becoming a game warden. In 1949, he left school and went to Kenya where he was told his services were not needed. Upon his return to England, the Slade School of Fine Art rejected him, saying he had no talent. Shortly thereafter, he met Robin Goodwin who became his mentor. He began receiving commissions for aviation painting from the Royal Air Force, and in 1960, they flew him to Kenya and commissioned his first wildlife painting. He became a conservationist after seeing 255 dead zebra, and in 1984, he formed the David Shepherd Conservation Foundation, working to save endangered animals in the wild.
In 1971, he was awarded an honorary degree in fine arts by the Pratt Institute of New York, and his life was detailed in "The Man Who Loves Giants," 1972, a BBC documentary based on his autobiography by the same name. Shepherd’s passion for steam locomotives resulted in the purchase of two locomotives during 1967. He is the founder of the East Somerset Railway, an operational steam railway and registered charity. The worst financial year of his prolific career was 1975.
He married in February 1957 and had four daughters.
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1973 (Wildlife painting released)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1967 (Book released)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1992 (Book released)
- Family : Change residence 1949 (Moved to Kenya)
- Work : Begin Major Project 1960 (Commissionted wildlife paintings, Royal Air Force)
- Work : Begin Major Project 1984 (Founded the David Shepherd Conservation Foundation)
- Work : Prize 1971 (Honorary degree from Pratt Insititute)
- Financial : Worst Period 1975 (Worst financial period)
- Work : Gain social status 1972 (BBC documentary about him released)
Penny Thornton quotes Shepherd's mother for "early hours of the morning" in her book "Sons and Lovers."
- Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Wildlife specialist)
- Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
- Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Conservation foundation)
- Lifestyle : Social Life : Collector (Steam locamotives)
- Lifestyle : Social Life : Animals, pets (Drawn to animal painting)