First time wader in a dark evening sea
oil and enamel on paper
51 x 39 cm
"His art is one of enduring and recurring themes, absorbed in a brooding and turbulent romanticism the origins of which are in many respects, traditional. It is possible to see Shepherdson's vision as having a foundation in a nineteenth century genre of nature as catastrophe - a threatening and shapeless world, allowing only for an uneasy balance between man and his environment, a conditional reconciliation fraught with uncertainty. It is the timelessness of Shepherdosn's imagination that makes his landscapes so relevant for today."
Doug Hall AM
Director, Queensland Art Gallery
Extract from 2006 catalogue