Mathe Shepheard

Mathe Shepheard

In 1980 I returned to University as a mature student, graduating with a first class degree in Ceramics and Glass. In the 1980s I sold my work and designs to companies. After an invitation to lecture on Stained Glass I returned to teaching. A study visit to Japan has proved a source of inspiration ever since. After I retired I began painting. I like the fluidity, the variation of tone and the unexpected in watercolour. Inks are more expressive and unalterable. I paint flowers, individually and in groups, trees which can be near-realistic or semi-abstract. Other aspects of my work derive from landscape, sky and water which respond well to a free combination of both. I like my work to generate a sense of deja vu as well as of the unexpected and the hidden. In my media of choice ink provides the support, guiding the eye and creating a structure, allowing the watercolour to play its role in colour and depth. Inks are expressive, unalterable, unforgiving almost. Watercolour responds to the painter more gently, providing harmony and hidden riches. The results can be fluid and easy to read or intense and concentrated.