Born and raised in Casper, Wyoming, William Shepherd has always lived in the Mountain West. He is drawn to the unique artifacts, colors, landscape, and stories. “In the latter part of the 19th century a convergence of cultures occurred in the Mountain West: Native American societies, Mexicans, Chinese, British, Scots, Irish, and Jews, to mention a few,” he says. “This rich blend of cultures and the environment they inhabited shaped the world where I grew up” (Southwest Art).
Following high school, Shepherd enlisted in the Navy and served in Vietnam. Afterward, he attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in 1976. His professional art career actual began earlier, in college, when a gallery in Denver asked to represent his work. For decades, he painted landscapes, eventually shifting his focus to still life paintings of western artifacts.
Shepherd’s paintings have been widely admired throughout the United States and abroad. Collectors of his work include Robert Redford, Mrs. Lynne Vincent Cheney and the former Vice President.