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"Water Vole"
Signed Limited Edition print
Published April 2005
Image Size:- 6" x 6"

The Importance Of Art In The Modern Society by David Tatham
Art may be defined as the science of expression through artistic works like books, prints, painting, music, films and photography.
An artist needs to be capable of the skills and passion required for this work. Other than being diligent, trustworthy and competent, they must possess expertise. These components are often acquired in art institutions such as schools and colleges.

'The Arts' have been considered a worthwhile investment in both the developing and developed economies. The field has employed various professionals from artists, painters and signers. Their specialization makes them diverse and able to compete with each other. These investments have immensely promoted the development of sectors such as business, agriculture, education and health.

Art is an excellent way of communicating feelings and information on various subject matters. Art normally cover all the spheres of life especially sociology, economics, and politics. Wildlife photography and paintings is probably one of the best in the industry. Wildlife artistic covers different world plants and animals thus disseminating information on these living things.

There are various avenues that are organized to showcase the talents of artists from diverse regions of the world. These platforms are an excellent way of sharing ideas and ideologies. The artists are able to interact through exhibitions or expos. Through these conferences, they are able to solicit resources or funds that are needed to boost their work. Topics on paintings, photographic techniques, and signatures are covered and discussed in details.

Art may be considered as a signed limited edition prints good. This is used as a marketing incentive for the products in this field. However, there is a restriction in the number of prints produced. Techniques such as dry-points are used to ensure that there is no loss of quality.

Technological advancement has positively aided the art industry. Primarily, new techniques were used for purposes of communication and storage of data. Computer era has surely eliminated cases of print errors that were rampant in the earlier days.The techniques were also fast, affordable and efficient. Channels like websites, social networks, portals and blogs are used to share information regarding various art work. New channels are core in advertising and marketing them.

Most countries recognize the efforts of associations and groups formed by artists. There are numerous organizations that cater for the needs of artists such as authors, musicians, drawers and painters. Other than fighting for the rights of the artists, they ensure that patent and copyright laws are adhered to fully. In addition, they avail resources especially finances needed by their members. Importantly, the organizations organize forums like workshops, exchange programs and seminars through which the artists get further trainings.

However, the development of user friendly software such as designing packages for art has stepped up the game. Computer aided software engineering has enabled the engineers to program applications that help in artistic works including films, animation, photography printing journals, magazines and publications. Besides, the programs are normally made compatible with most operating systems making them the best alternatives. This software is also cheaply or readily available for use. They are customized to additional effects such as 3D modelling and audios.

Biography of wildlife artist, David Shepherd, CBE, FRSA, FRGS, OBE.
Known as possibly the world's finest wildlife artist. David Shepherd having worked for many years as an artist across the world, His role as a conservationist is passionately believed, and he has always felt that he had a obligation to help conserve the world and the animals that we live amongst.
During his lifetime, David Shepherd has painted and drawn hundreds, if not thousands of images, and loves to talk to people of the many experiences he has had whilst travelling and painting throughout the world, often talking at charity dinners and other prestigeous social events. His personality is beautifully suited to this cause, as his easy going and straight forward attitude comes across well to express the love of art and his feelings for the ever decreasing wildlife in the world. As a young man, luck often deals its hand, and this was no exception, he wasn't particularly keen about other college activities.

David Shepherd in his studio 'David in his Studio.'

David Shepherd is often heard explaining that during his ealier years his life was anything but successful, his main ambition was to be an African game warden. When his studying was done, David Shepherd left England with the hope of a life within the national parks of Africa. Sadly, these hopes were dashed in the first instance, and he was informed by the head game warden that there were no vacancies, his dreams were in tatters. Throughout school days, his foremost curiosity in art had been as a substitute for the compulsary games of rugby which left him with a fear of dread.

Unable to understand what would possibly possess people to roll around a muddy rugby pitch and endure horrible injury, he took refuge in the faculty artwork department where he produced a hideous picture of some birds, which he brings along with him to this present day when public speaking.

After his dissappointment at not been given the chance to be part of Kenya's game warden neighborhood, he managed to find a job in a neighborhood resort on the coast working within the reception for one pound per week. He painted some images of birds, and luckily sold a few, to save enough money to return home on the only suitable form of transport at that time, a steam ship.

On arrival in England there appeared to be two choices for his career. 1) He could possibly become an artist, or more likely, he could be a bus driver. Careful decision seemed to make the bus driving by far the less risky choice, as everyone knew that most artists had little money and even less prospects. It was at this time David Shepherd's father helped him, by encouraging him to seek some formal traing for his artistic leanings.

David Shepherd went for an interview to Slade school of fine art in London with his bird picture, and was promptly told that he had little artistic ability and that any lessons would be of little use. The bus driver idea was staring to look like the other option, then by shere chance, he met the highly skilled marine artist, Robin Goodwin. Unfortunately, Robin did not take on apprentices, but somehow David Shepherd became an exception to the rule, and he agreed to see some of David's work. Within twenty four hours, he arrived at Robin Goodwin's home in Chelsea with his 'bird' painting, and to his absolute delight Robin Goodwin agreed to teach him. It is because due to the teachings of this artist that David was able to show his true talent, and has at all times a feeling of deep gratitude for the help he was given by from Robin Goodwin.

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'The Man who
loves giants.'

Books

David Shepherd's first autobiographical book 'The Man Who Loves Giants' was published in 1976 which very quickly became a best seller. This was revised and updated in 1989 as subsequent editions were published. A second book illustrating his love for steam trains was published in 1984 'A Brush With Steam' and in 1985 'The Man and his Paintings' was the first comprehensive book showing a complete spectrum of David's work. 'An Artist in Conservation' was released in 1992 which illustrated some of Mr Shepherd's finest paintings. 'My Painting Life' and 'Only One World' were published in 1995 'Painting with David Shepherd, Unique Studio Secrets Revealed' was published in 2004

TV Documentaries
lunch break 'The Lunchbreak.'

'The Man Who Loved Giants' was the title for this film of David Shepherd's life story produced in 1972 by the late James Stewart.
The documentary was shown worldwide.
'The Last Train to Mulobezi' tells an exciting story of the survival of an ancient locomotive and railway coach from the Zambezi
Sawmills Railway and their 12,000 mile journey back to England.
The train was given as a gift by Dr Kenneth Kaunda, the President of Zambia, and after raising enough money
through the sale of paintings in USA. A helicopter was bought and given to Zambia to help prevent poaching.
Thames TV produced a series of six half hour programmes titled 'In Search of Wildlife'
Illustrating the plight of endangered mammals throughout the world. These were later broadcast in the USA.
'Nature Watch' with Julian Pettifer began in 1990 and David Shepherd produced the first programme in the series.
Last but not least, David Shepherd has been the subject of the programme 'This is Your Life'.

Awards.

1971 Honorary Degree in Fine Arts by the Pratt Institute in New York.
1973 The Order of the Golden Ark by HRH The Prince of The Netherlands for his services to conservation.
1979 Member of Honour of the World Wide Fund for Nature
The Order of the British Empire for his services to wildlife conservation. O.B.E.
1986 Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
1988 President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia awarded him with the Order of Distinguished Service.
was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
Honorary Doctorate of Science of Hatfield Polytechnic (now the University of Hertfordshire) in 1990.
1996 Officer (Brother) of the Order of St. John.
2004 Granted the Freedom of the City of London.
2008 Awarded a C.B.E. for services to charity and wildlife

The Artist and Conservationist today.
Tirelessly travelling, Mr Shepherd travels one part of the world to another. Admired and respected by many,
He is regarded as being the world's leading wildlife painter. His signed, limited edition prints can be seen in many homes
throughout the world and he is always busy and enjoying his life to the best of his abilty.
Having celebrated his 70th birthday on 25th April 2001 with a fundraising dinner at the Natural History Museum,
which raised over £100,000 for's wildlife projects.
He has last year celebrated his 80th birthday with another successful fundraising dinner at the Natural History Museum,
attended by a host of celebrities and many admirers of his work.
David Shepherd now lives with his wife Avril in Sussex. His four daughters who all share his passion for conservation
and are involved in David Shepherd's wildlife conservation work.

If you would like to visit the studio in Nottinghamshire, (Saturdays and Sundays are fine too) Please call 01623 799 309
We have a collection of over 500 signed limited edition prints and original paintings for sale.
A viewing can also be arranged at your home.

We specialize in signed prints and original paintings and drawings by the world acclaimed artist L.S.Lowry.
The demand for his work has now reached record highs, and due to the relatively few signed limited edition prints available,
they are proving to be an excellent investment, much greater than any current banking investments.
A watercolourist, whose work needs little introduction in the world of art is Sir William Russell Flint.
We stock hundreds of this artist's signed limited edition prints and always a fine selection of his original watercolour paintings.
Throughout his life Sir William Russell Flint has spent many years painting beautiful watercolour images of scenes in France,
in particular Dordogne and the Perigord, where this beautiful holiday house is to let click here
and offers complete tranquility and relaxation.
There are also a number of signed limited edition prints of paintings from Britanny, The Loire, Ardeche, Provence.
We have for sale several original paintings from the south west France, near to the beautiful towns of Brantome and Perigueux and also Languedoc
His work has now become regarded as some of the finest watercolour paintings in the world.
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