Shepard came to Ketchikan, Alaska in 1973 to work, and
then go to school. She met her husband shortly after arriving in Ketchikan. Sandy
and her husband built their house 12 miles north of Ketchikan town. They located
their house on a cliff, next to a creek overlooking the beautiful Tongass Narrows.
and her husband have 3 girls. During the time of having a family, she took classes
at the college in drawing, printmaking, watercolor and calligraphy. Her interests
grew in the arts, and she pursued learning more about drawing and watercolor painting.
She would often travel far to take workshops from well-known artists.
has always had a love for the outdoors. Inspired by the natural beauty in southeast
Alaska, she has continued to present her paintings at local shows and galleries.
In the past years she has won many awards through the Arts Guild and the Ketchikan
Arts and Humanities Council juried art shows.
many walks on the beaches here, she decided to incorporate what she sees on her
walks into her artwork. She now does a watercolor collage effect on many of her
works in hopes to give the public a bit of southeast Alaska to take home.
has always participated in volunteering in the schools and in local art groups
here. She is a member of the Ketchikan Arts and Humanities Center here, and three
years ago she helped reform the Ketchikan Watercolor Society. She is now an active
board member with that group and helps to bring many well-known artists to instruct
her in Southeast Alaska.
had her first solo show in April 2004 in Ketchikan. The show was quite a success
and she sold several pieces that evening and now has her work in three local galleries.