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Dan Shepherd

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I heart free fruit, don't you? - Drawing by Lisa B in Burbank, CA Loquat Tree (Eriobotrya japonica), 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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Here Lay Woluf & Oscar - Drawing by Claire M. @ LA Pet Memorial Park, Pepper Tree (Schinus molle), 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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Deadly Car Crash, 1988 - Drawing by Ashly S., Coral Tree (Erythrina lysistemon) on San Vincente Boulevard, Santa Monica CA, 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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Always Caught My Eye When I drove By - Drawing by Carlos P., Camphor Tree (Cinnamomum camphora) Riverside, CA., 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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Here I Found a Dead Woman - Drawing by Lisa B. California Sycamore (Platanus racemosa) Broadway Park, Santa Monica, CA, 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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The L.A. Ideal - Drawing by Ileana P. Mexican Fan Palm (Washingtonia robusta) Beverly Hills, CA, 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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A Nice Place for Henry to Play - Drawing by Aline S. Morton Bay Fig Tree (Ficus macrophylla) St. John's Nursery School, West L.A, CA, 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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My Clean Car Nemesis - Drawing by Shawn R. Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara) West Los Angeles, CA, 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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Sprouted from Concrete Just Like Me - Drawing by Ashley L. Japanese Privet (Ligustrum japonicum) Los Angeles, CA, 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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Where the orange tree used to be, before the earthquake induced remodel - Drawing by Frank G. Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, CA Orange Tree (Citrus sinensis), 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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From meeting in the movie line to walking down the wedding aisle - Drawing by Rachel and Brad B. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA Monterey Cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa), 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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It Feels Spongy Like Marshmallows - Drawing by Rob B. Paperbark Tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia) Santa Monica, CA, 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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I Ran Into This Tree and Didn't Tell My Parents And Now I Have The Scar To Prove It. - Drawing by Noelle G. in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin), 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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Stands Out in a Crowd, Drawing by Dan S. in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, CA Japanese Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica), 2011 Pigment Print on Fine Art Parchment Paper © Dan Shepherd
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Framed Print Installation Example , 2011 Distressed Parchment Print With Pencil, Float Mounted With Push Pin 20 X 20 Framed, 13 X 17 Print © Dan Shepherd
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Liquidamber #1, 2008 Archival Inkjet Print 24" X 36" (other Sizes Also Available) © Dan Shepherd courtesy of dnj Gallery
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ARTIST STATEMENT

DRAW ME A TREE asks the viewer if we remember when we had a stubby crayon in our hands and happily scrawled out our houses, our cats, a blue sky with the sun up in the corner and a tree in the yard? One of the few artistic endeavors that we all have in common is drawing a tree and with this ongoing project Dan will explore our connection to nature by asking people to Draw Me a Tree. But not just any tree, Dan is asking people to partner with him and illustrate the trees that have had some impact in their lives and together they visit these special trees and document them through a unique double exposure process. Draw Me a Tree helps show how intrinsically connected to nature we are through a series of visual tree stories that can be found everywhere in our yards, parks, gardens, forests, and streets.

ABOUT DAN

My approach to photography comes from a love of painting. Specifically, I seek the emotion, color and form of the abstract expressionists. My work often employs strong graphic intention and in-camera multiple exposures to create an abstract representation of the subject in the moment. It is my wish to elicit a reaction of emotion based on form, texture and color rather than solely object documentary.


Dan Shepherd was raised in the Pacific Northwest, enjoyed his creative years in New York City and now finds himself a recent transplant in Los Angeles. He currently splits his time between the visual arts and working for conservation organizations. Dan has a Masters in Environmental Science from Columbia University and an International Diploma in Plant Conservation from the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew in England, BA in Japanese from the University of Oregon.