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ARTIST STATEMENT

LYNNE SHEPHARD

As a late bloomer to art in a dedicated major, I was almost 40 years old when I graduated from Cal State, Hayward (East Bay) with a BA in art. I began right away working on paintings full of vigor and ideals for wanting to express to the world my vision of modern life. This soon gave way to a steady, uphill struggle to survive as an artist after art school in a world of thousands of artists trying to do the same thing. It didn’t take long for me to discover that I needed to break “loose from the pack” and nurture my inner voice. Fortunately, I had plenty of mentoring, sympathetic and seasoned artists to keep me afloat.

I was born in Alameda, CA and raised in San Leandro, CA. I have lived in Livermore, CA for more than 40 years. I established a studio called the Firehouse Art Studios and have happily worked there for at least 20 years.

I like to express myself in abstract terms. Spatial qualities and content are the concerns I feel are most important to my development of an original voice. Along the way, I have retooled my style with materials that are compatible with a growing need on my part, to use safer, less hazardous ones. Thus, the birth of acrylic paint materials in my paintings.

Abstract art asks more of its audience in transcribing visual information. I try to give viewers something to ponder about and to play with visually. Those that take the time to really see my paintings, are the ones I pay attention to when comments are made about them.

Through teaching, I have been truly rewarded with students who are eager to find their own voices. I feel confident that I am passing along an excellent heritage of art information that I have acquired not only in art school, but also from my continued self-education of varied art phases.

I am a journeyman. I am an artist. The path through a painting is always a visual adventure. I strive for an expression of wonder and presence.