Subject Tags: nature, oranges, greens, blues, nature-inspired, reds, watercolour, watercolor, water, leaf, leaves, fall colors, fall, hyperrealism, realism, colorful nature, colorful leaves, reflections, puddle, fall leaves, autumn, vivid leaves, falling leaves, watercolor painting
Size: 12.25"W x 9"H x 0.1"D
Year Created: 2016
This is one of my favorite pieces. Painting reflections and ripples is one of the most tedious things I have ever done, and also one of the most rewarding. I spend hours hyper focused on small areas that feel like blobs of nothing in the moment, and then I step back and refocus, and before my eyes those blobs and shapes morph into something tangible and beautiful.
I've always been drawn to the colors and textures that happen when nature and man collide. There is a strength and tenacity in our shared world—a constant fight for dominance over a limited space. I enjoy exploring the beauty in this relationship.
Michelle is a Philadelphia based contemporary realist watercolor painter. She was drawn toward art at an early age, taking on the challenge of reproducing magazine photographs and other existing works of art throughout her childhood. Now, her primary source of inspiration comes from her own photographs, focusing on the colors and textures of the world around her. She is also exploring the human experience and the complexity of our emotions through form and figure. Her art is characterized by fine details and vivid colors that blend together to capture the often subtle realism of her subjects. Ms. Sheppard studied graphic design at Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia and advertising at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and enjoys a successful career in the advertising industry. Her background in graphic design and creative direction has honed her eye for composition, focus, light and color. She is an associate member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society. Follow her on Instagram: @michelle.sheppard.art