It was not until a chance meeting with Robin Goodwin that internationally acclaimed Artist David Shepherd ever considered that he could paint professionally. Robin's training and nurturing, mixed with David's immense talent has resulted in a highly successful career spanning over fifty years. More than 200 of his Original paintings have been reproduced as Limited Edition prints, the majority of which are sold out with many commanding high secondary prices.
Best known for his wildlife images, David's distinctive style captures a multitude of mammals in their natural environments; many of which are endangered species. David never forgets his 'enormous debt' to such animals and as an active conservationist, has helped preserve so many critically endangered mammals and their environments.
One of his first major fund-raising successes was with the painting 'Tiger Fire' which raised £127,000 for Project Tiger in 1973. In 1984 The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation was set up to focus David's conservation efforts and to increase public awareness and generate funds for wildlife conservation from both this country and abroad. To date, through David's efforts and the generosity of the Foundation's supporters, over £2.5 million has been raised.
David is also known for his landscape paintings and portraits. These include a portrayal of 'Christ' for an Army Church; the former president of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda; HM The Queen Mother, and the Sheikh Zahed of Abu Dhabi.
His many military paintings are commissioned from the Royal Navy, the Parachute Regiment, the Green Howards, the Army Air Corps, the Special Air Service and many others. David also has a passion for steam locomotives and in 1967 he purchased two 120 ton main line steam locomotives, 'Black Prince' and 'The Green Knight' and founded the East Somerset Railway at Cranmore, Somerset, a registered charity and fully operational steam railway.
His latest venture is the presentation to him of a 15F Class locomotive, even larger than the 'Black Prince', by South African Railways.