When Words Fall Short
Starr Gallery March 3rd - April 7th
When Words Fall Short is a collection of Shepherd’s non-objective and abstract paintings, as well as ceramic objects and works that feature charming animal designs and portraits. The public is invited to attend the opening reception during ArtWalk on Friday, March 3rd from 5:30 to 9 pm. The exhibition will continue through April 7th.
Shepherd’s new abstract paintings are inspired by American history and a great sense of impermanence. Whether working non-objectively or working to capture a pet’s expression, her paintings are spontaneous and expressive. She explains, “I have a passion for looseness ... the feel of a moment in time. When I recreate it ... trace it, redraw it, whatever ... it’s just not the same.”
In addition to being a contemporary painter, Amanda Shepherd is also an illustrator, graphic designer and ceramic artist. Originally from the Seattle area, Shepherd lived and worked in Corpus Christi from 2010 to 2016. During this time, she frequently exhibited her work at local galleries and served as the Graphic Designer for the Dia de los Muertos Festival 2014-2016. In 2014, she was selected to participate in the creation of the Loteria Mural and painted the electrical box mural on Mesquite Street with a playful design that celebrates the beloved stray cats in downtown Corpus Christi - George, Tic and Tac and Crooked Tail. Shepherd currently lives with her husband, Gary and her pet hibiscus in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Shepherd has been recognized nationally for her whimsical characters and animals. She is the illustrator of five children’s books - Rules of the Wild, Mouse House Tales, Such a Silly Baby, Who Loves Me, and Fiona Loves the Night. She has displayed her illustrations at events including the New York Original Art Show for children’s book illustration. Her work is included in the collections of the Mazza Museum of Findlay, Ohio, the Burton Barr Library of Phoenix, the University of Arizona collection of children’s book art, and numerous private collections. In 2007, she was the recipient of the prestigious Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Collection Memorial Fellowship Grant from the University of Minnesota.