Kathleen Sheard is a nationally recognized wildlife artist who creates realistic wildlife paintings and sculpture in glass. Her work is found in corporations, private residences, glass and wildlife galleries throughout the United States. Kathleen is a member of the Society of Animal Artists and Artists for Conservation. Kathleen was recognized by Artists for Conservation in October 2015 as the recipient of the AFC Monthly Conservation Artist Award. In 2017 her piece - You're Killing Me : Oceanic Assassins - Propellers and Plastic, received the Environmental Statement Award in Sculpture. She volunteers for Sea Turtle Patrols, and other wildlife organizations. A percent of sales of her artwork are donated to support wildlife conservation. Kathleen is currently house/studio hunting in Florida, so that she can work more hands on with sea turtle conservation, and actively do field research for her larger cast glass group of educational sea turtle artwork.
I have had a fascination with the properties of glass and a love of all wildlife and other animals for as long as I can remember. I have brought these two passions together in my wildlife glass art. For the love of turtles, specifically sea turtles, I am, and will continue to dedicate my glass sea turtle sculpture to environmental education to help save these threatened and endangered species.
My process of multiple layers of compatible glass called frit, which is fired multiple times to create realistic wildlife portraiture, is a time consuming procedure. I can only achieve the detail and the photo realism by learning new ways to work the glass every time I start a new art piece. I do commissions, but I am particularly interested in my own work in threatened and endangered species and kiln cast sculpture. My creative process is continually evolving, and to say I build my work upside down and backwards means I am solving a unique puzzle almost daily.
A percentage of sales will be donated alternatively to the following organizations:
* Steve Kroschel Wildlife Park in Haines Alaska * Portland Audubon Wildlife Care Center *Turtle Survival Alliance
* Sea Turtle Conservancy * Alligator Point Sea Turtle Patrol, Florida *Three Ring Ranch Exotic Animal Sanctuary
Artists for Conservation, October 2015 - recipient of the AFC Monthly Conservation Artist Award.
Artists for Conservation, 2017 - You're Killing Me : Oceanic Assassins - Propellers and Plastic, received the Environmental Statement Award in Sculpture.