Marie Shepherd creates sculptures inspired by nature. She lives and works in a small village in rural Oxfordshire where she is surrounded by undulating Cotswold countryside and the plants and animals it is home to. Her south facing garden on the edge of the village receives regular visits from pheasants and other wildlife that often become the seed of the creative process.
Marie is originally from Brittany in France and moved to England in 1980 when she settled in Oxfordshire with her British husband to raise their family.
She has always been fascinated with forms and movements and this reflects so well in her sculptures. She likes to explore various facets of sculpture from the sensitivity and movement of the human form to humour in animals or the pleasing shape of fruits.
Her favorite material is plaster but she also work in clay, wax and her sculptures are then cast either in bronze or bronze resin. The sculpture takes form and evolves as it is created. The final creation is a moment captured.
Some works arise purely from the imagination and desire to create while some are commissioned directly by clients with a varying level of input.
She is an active member of the Oxford Sculptors group and regularly takes part in exhibitions around the country. She has exhibited for instance at RHS Wisley, Saville Garden, Doddington Hall, Marks Hall, Hidcote, Kiftsgate, Delamore Art. Her works can be found in collections in the UK, on the Continent, the US and in NZ.