About the Artist May Sheppard
Born in England, in the 1960s I spent time at the Canterbury University of Fine Arts, in New Zealand, where I obtained my Preliminary Diploma in Fine Arts. I belonged to the Christchurch Art Society and during 1970s onwards, the Lower Hutt Art Society in Wellington and the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. I was a graphic artist, running a successful business and training many new people into the industry. I retained my skills as a fine artist and exhibited on many occasions with art societies and sold many works. In Wellington I also taught drawing and painting with the Lower Hutt Art Society and was involved with helping to construct a curriculum for a local polytechnic in Wellington. In 2004 I came to Brisbane, Australia and have since then become involved with local art groups in the Redlands area.
The bright light, the wide expansive skies and the changing colours of the sea, all help create in the ideas for many of my paintings. The wonder and uniqueness of Australia has me trying to grasp a feeling for all its individual flora and fauna. My husband and I enjoy visiting places not far from, and around Australia where he photographs a lot of the scenic places and wildlife that I paint. He is a photographic artist in his right. Over the years I have explored many different mediums in my artistic endeavours. I love painting with acrylic and oils, assemblage and utilising photography.
2011 and 2015 – Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Cleveland, Brisbane
1970s and 80s – 2 occasions Christchurch Art Gallery, 4 occasions Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand 2009 – 2016 – Old Schoolhouse gallery monthly exhibitions 2009 – 2012 – Queensland Wildlife Artists Society 2010 and 2011 – Salford Waters Redlands art show 2010 – Aveo Art Show in Cleveland 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 – Yurara Art Society Redland City, Qld. 2011 and 2012 – Redlands Spring Festival, Art Gallery and competition September each of these years 2012 – Redland Art Gallery – Redlands Creative Alliance Exhibition 2012 – Border Art Prize, Tweed River Art Gallery, NSW 2013 – Redlands Creative Alliance art show 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 – Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane
2011 and 2012 – Redfest – Redlands Spring Festival, Art Gallery and competition Since 2010 – Chair of the Redlands Creative Alliance – an online group of 378 Creative Artists in and around Redlands city, Queensland, both on a website and 170 on Facebook 2013 – Committee member and Coordinator for the Ignite Redlands Light Art Festival, Cleveland 2013 – Ignite Redlands Light Art Festival Curator of an art show shown in Redland Performing Arts Centre 2014, 15 and 16 – Curator for the Redlands Creative Alliance art show shown in Redland Performing Arts Centre 2013, 14 and 2015- Curator for the Redlands Creative Alliance art show shown in Redland Art Gallery MAY SHEPPARD firstname.lastname@example.org 07 3821 4120 www.maysheppard.com.au