Darrell’s acrylic paintings express his love affair with the desert southwest in the United States. His work tends to express the clear, hard-edged drama of the light in Arizona and New Mexico, and the sheer joy of big, bold color in that light. Having spent the last 50 years hiking and hunting in Central Arizona, Sheppard prefers the intimate, out-of-the-way scenes and subjects in the Southwest, leaving the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Monument Valley to other artists.
Darrell’s work has been described as graphic and direct. He wants viewers to feel the hard edges on the rock, the crisp, brittle bushes, and the spines of the cactus. But he also works hard to make you feel the astonishing immensity and clarity of the sky in Arizona. He is a student of Bud Heiss, the highly accomplished artist of the American Southwest, who is represented in numerous galleries, and whose work can be viewed on his website at budheiss.com.
Sheppard has been chosen to exhibit as the Artist of the Month three times in the gallery at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, and his art was selected by the jury for the 2017 and ‘18 Mountain Oyster Club Art Show & Sale in Tucson.