13 inches x 22 inches / 33.02 x 55.88 cm
Acquired directly from the artist
Private Collection, United Kingdom
Master wildlife artist David Shepherd has spent over 50 years painting African animals, historic trains, British warships, fighter plains, Middle Eastern desert scenes, and human portraits. He began his artistic career pursuing his first two loves, steam engines and aviation. It was the latter that led him to the Royal Air Force who began to fly him around the world as their guest and it was a trip to Aden in 1960 which changed his life. It seemed that almost everyone wanted a painting, but, more important still, the Royal Air Force flew him down to Kenya where he was commissioned by them to paint his very first wildlife painting and his career took off It was on that same visit that he became a conservationist after finding 255 dead zebra around a poisoned water hole.
On returning to London, he had his first one-man show of wildlife paintings. The exhibition sold out. Apart from the tremendous demand for his originals, a number of which he donates to wildlife through The David Shepherd Conservation Foundation, to pay back what, in his own words, is my enormous debt to the animals I paint, his published work is avidly sought after.
Shepherd paints only for commissions and the waiting list for collectors is years long.
David Shepherd is also a conservationist working to protect large animals all around the world. He began his mission after seeing a large group of zebras slaughtered by poachers in Tanzania in the 1960s. The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation has given over four million dollars to projects in Africa and Asia for endangered mammals.