DEIRDRE SHEPHERD BA (Hons) Fine Art
I am a Hertfordshire based painter and printmaker but grew up in Ireland. Although my vision is rooted with the experience of growing up in Ireland, I am attuned to the narratives within the landscape. My painting is a gradual build up of layers, scraping back and drawing into the work. I am not trying to paint a topographical likeness. My aim is to convey an ephemeral quality, a sense of something partly seen or remembered. In this way and using these techniques I hope to encourage the viewer to look close and discover images emerging, portraying hidden depths and complexities. I am suggesting what the place is like through superimpositions of memory and myth and through the elemental use of materials. My work is usually on a small scale. The paintings are tile-like and incorporate media such as gold leaf, which gives the work a kind of preciousness, like contemporary illuminated manuscripts.
Works in Private Collections in UK, Ireland, France and the Netherlands
Fellow of 'Digswell Arts Trust' 2002-present day