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educational establishment showing renewed interest in apprenticeship
schemes, Tom Shepherd, based near Shipston-on-Stour, proved
to us that such a path to a lifetimes career can produce
excellent results. With no formal art school training and only
a vague desire to use light as an essential motif, Tom discovered
a tutor who offered individual instruction in the manner of
the old masters of the Renaissance.
in every aspect of studio organisation and full-time work taking
projects into the studio, along with personal freedom to explore
his own subjects, quickly proved his latent abilities, enabling
him to stage an exhibition of his work after only four months.
His style has evolved from a soft focus study of landscape,
using a limited palette reminiscent of Turner, to vibrant depictions
of North African markets which radiate the warmth and atmosphere
achieved by his developing use of colour.
confidence he moved into studies of animals and birds, particularly
chickens, which have won awards at the Stratford Art Society
exhibitions in the last two years. Now, demonstrations and commissions
take up much of his time but his heart will always be in the
oil paintings he creates with such care. The ladies of the WI
counted themselves fortunate to have seen them and heard his
enthusiastic explanation of the importance of his search