ARTIST STATEMENT ~ My inspiration comes from living in the Sonoran Foothills and observing desert wildlife in their natural habitat. My early artistic training focused on the anatomical accuracy of a subject and I continue to create works of art that are as lifelike as possible. My goal is to elicit a shared emotional response – I want the viewer to feel what I am feeling as I capture the dignity and expression of each animal. I am attuned to the shifting clarity of light in the desert and it is light that attracted me to dichroic glass. My exploration and discoveries in the 3-dimensional discipline of fusing glass was exciting and rewarding. Still motivated by my surroundings, I am designing jewelry and wall art in the spirit of the Southwest. All in all, I want to bring awareness, understanding and sensibility to a critical need for the preservation of precious wildlife that is dependent upon the survival of the undeveloped wilds of the Sonoran Desert.
Patricia Shepherd’s artistic arc has allowed her to express her creativity in a number of mediums, and with skill and expertise, she has mastered the art of combining metal, glass and gemstones to create her signature pieces of the moment.
Patricia Shepherd’s showroom in Desert Jewel Studio
Patricipating in HITH as a host studio requires many hours of preparation and 2016 will be the fourth year that Patricia Shepherd has opened her home and studio to hundreds of visitors in the Valley’s largest six-day artist studio tour. Patricia’s efforts are greatly appreciated by her returning guest artist, Jennifer Hanscom, as well as first-time guest artist, Lori Myers. Together these three exceptional artisans will welcome you to Desert Jewel Studio – first on the HITH tour from south to north off of Cave Creek Road.
Visit Patricia Shepherd and see her at work at Desert Jewel Studio #24
November 18-19-20 and 25-26-27, 2016
Inspired by the Southwest HIDDEN IN THE HILLS Blog (10/27/2015)