6x6 Monotype - Oil on Paper by Jean Sheppard
About the Artist
I was born, raised and educated in Ottawa, Ont. and received a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Biology from Carleton University in 1963. After obtaining a M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1968, I worked for five years in the Biology Department of the University of Regina.
When my husband, Dave, retired from teaching at the University of Regina we, with our then three year old daughter, Kathy, moved to the foothills of
southern Alberta, about 15 miles west of Pincher Creek. We built our log home there and lived there for 37 years before moving to Lethbridge where I now live.
After moving to Alberta in 1977 I set up a studio beside my house and worked as a professional potter. In the fall of 1992 I began working with soft pastels. I was quickly hooked - no stretching paper, no waiting for paint to dry. I could set up quickly, in limited space. In 1998, after 25 years, I retired from making pottery and concentrated on pastels, printmaking and recently, handmade books . Although I have painted everything from
landscapes to still life, and florals to portraits, it is the landscape and native flora of southwestern Alberta that I enjoy the most.