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Artist Chris Sheppard


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Biography


         Chris was born in Booneville, Missouri in 1970 and spent his childhood in Macks Creek, Missouri. He has always had a love for nature and spent most of his childhood exploring the Missouri outdoors. After graduating from Macks Creek H.S., he joined the US Army in search of adventure and found it in Alaska, where he lived three years.Chris attended the University of Missouri, Columbia College, and Central Texas College with studies in English. Though no formal college training in art he has studied art with Ken Backhaus, John Budicin, Patrick Saunders and Joshua Been among others. Chris continues to study and learn from nature and his painting experiences. He plans to further his professional training with future workshops taught by accomplished and master artists he admires.Chris paints original works in both oil and pastel and is often found plein air painting in the Midwest, or during his frequent travels to the Rocky Mountains and elsewhere across the country. He prefers to paint on location were he completes both finished paintings and field studies that he uses as references for larger studio paintings and has competed in numerous plein air painting events across the country.With his wife and two children, Chris now lives in Holts Summit, Missouri were he has his studio and gallery.
 
Chris' wife, Michelle has recently joined his business specializing in photography.  Michelle grew up on a farm near Philadelphia, Missouri.  Michelle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Missouri - Columbia.  After teaching math for two years, Michelle entered the insurance field as an actuarial trainee.  In 2003, Michelle became a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.  Today, Michelle is no longer a practicing actuary but manages two property casualty insurance companies for Missouri Farm [...]

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