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 50 years. I established a studio called the Firehouse Art Studios and have happily worked there for at least 25 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.
I think 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 in my abstract art. I like to hear from those who have done just that.

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

Contact: Cell: 925-518-8048