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Lee Ann Shepard

Lee Ann Shepard

Lindsay, ON

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I have always found pleasure in drawing and painting since I was a very young child. I trained at art school in Cleveland, and thought I would someday work as a commercial artist. But as often happens, my life evolved quite differently than expected and my art became more of a hobby over the years. I married, moved up North to snow country and spent my time working along side of my wonderful husband in our small furniture design business in a little Ontario cottage town north of Toronto, raising our 3 kids and enjoying a simple, happy lifestyle. Life was idyllic.

In the summer of 2006 our world was turned upside down when my husband went to the Emergency room with a blinding headache. He was diagnosed with a deadly brain tumour .I could no longer run our business alone and I had to find a new way to make a living so that I could stay at home, take care of my husband and support our family. I had been drawing and painting animals for my own enjoyment for years, so I thought Id try to sell some of my dog paintings online. My paintings immediately started selling and I began to gain a following which afforded me the opportunity to spend every wonderful moment with my husband as he bravely fought this devastating disease. We were so blessed as we had another four and a half years together. But on September 26, 2010, my beautiful husband, Gary, lost his battle.

During his illness, I was very driven to paint, so that I could put food on the table and keep us in our home. My husband was always my inspiration as well as my most positive encourager. At first, I painted to pay the bills, but it became my passion very quickly. This is the legacy he left me. He was very proud of me, and though my art career was forged from tragedy, it is certainly the silver lining that he left me with.

I love to paint animals, plants and people but my passion is painting dogs! Every painting I paint, I try my best to capture the spirit of these wonderful companions. I've learned so much about the breeds over the years and I learn a little more with each new painting. There is nothing I enjoy more than a fire in the fireplace, a paintbrush in hand , and my Golden retriever at (or on) my feet. No matter what challenge you have to face in life, its always easier if your dog is by your side!

 

Australian Cattle Dog by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Italian Greyhound in flowers by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Saluki Sighthound by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Sweet Havanese Dog by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Cirneco Dell'Etna by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Eurasier in the Sea by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Beagle and Butterflies by Lee Ann Shepard

 

American Bulldog by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Pug in the Snow by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Tabby Cat in the Winter by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Beautiful Black English Cocker Spaniel by Lee Ann Shepard

 

French Bulldog by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Pembroke Welsh Corgi by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Dalmatian by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Australian Kelpie by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Chocolate Labrador Retriever by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Blue Merle Sheltie by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Affenpinscher by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Beauceron Portrait by Lee Ann Shepard

 

shetland sheepdog by Lee Ann Shepard

 

flat coated retriever by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Finnish Hound by Lee Ann Shepard

 

German Pinschers by Lee Ann Shepard

 

The Blue Heeler by Lee Ann Shepard

 

maltese by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Cesky Terrier by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Long Hair Dutch Shepherd by Lee Ann Shepard

 

English Setter by Lee Ann Shepard

 

ruby cavalier king charles spaniel by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Greyhound Portrait by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Mexican Hairless dog Standard Xolo by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Norwich Terrier by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Greyhound Portrait by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Australian Terriers by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Dandie Dinmont Terrier by Lee Ann Shepard

 

French Bulldog by Lee Ann Shepard

 

pbgv Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Leonberger by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Braque du Bourbonnais by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Australian Cattle Dog Blue Heeler by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Bearded Collie by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Deutscher Wachtelhund by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Liver Lancashire Heeler by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Welsh Springer Spaniel by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Australian Shepherd by Lee Ann Shepard

 

German Shepherd by Lee Ann Shepard

 

Bernese Mountain Dogs by Lee Ann Shepard