Shepherd, David

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Shepherd, David Gender: M
Richard David Shepherd
born on 25 April 1931 at 04:30 (= 04:30 AM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Thornton
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 03°58' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 28°32 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 16°59'

David Shepherd (Mid-1990s)
photo: NotFromUtrecht, license cc-by-sa-3.0


British artist, world-famed for such wildlife paintings as "Tiger Fire," 1973, and one of the world's most outspoken conservationists. He is also famous for his paintings of steam locomotives (he owned a number of them), and often painted aircraft, portraits (notably The Queen Mother) and landscapes. Shepherd is the author of five books about his art, including "An Artist in Africa," 1967, and "David Shepherd: An Artist in Conservation," 1992, plus an autobiography "My Painting Life," 1995.

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. Shepherd died on 19 September 2017, aged 86, after a 10-week fight in hospital with Parkinson's disease.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Family : Change residence 1949 (Moved to Kenya)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1960 (Commissionted wildlife paintings, Royal Air Force)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1967 (Book released)
  • Work : Prize 1971 (Honorary degree from Pratt Insititute)
  • Work : Gain social status 1972 (BBC documentary about him released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1973 (Wildlife painting released)
  • Financial : Worst Period 1975 (Worst financial period)
  • Work : Prize 1980 (OBE)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1984 (Founded the David Shepherd Conservation Foundation)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1992 (Book released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1995 (Autobiography, "My Painting Life")
  • Work : Prize 2008 (CBE)
  • Death by Disease 2008 (Parkinson's, age 86)

Source Notes

Penny Thornton quotes Shepherd's mother for "early hours of the morning" in her book "Sons and Lovers."


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Parkinson's (Terminal)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four daughters)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Conservation foundation)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Animals, pets (Drawn to animal painting)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Collector (Steam locomotives)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Parkinson's)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 86)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Wildlife specialist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("My Painting Life")
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (OBE, CBE)