Jaceena Shepard

Jaceena Shepard

Oil, Watercolor and Acrylic Paintings and Portraits


Jaceena Shepard’s paintings are a mixture of contemporary realism and historical realism. She paints mostly in watercolor but uses oil to paint her vintage portraits. She makes the most of watercolor’s fresh, vibrant nature through light, color and contrast and mixes them with her exciting compositions to create dynamic paintings. She creates three-dimensional depth in her watercolor paintings by using the basic rules of linear and aerial perspective techniques. The most essential aspect of her art is that she paints what inspires her not what she imagines she should paint. All of her paintings begin with a pencil drawing positioning the main features of her composition so the painting has a sense of balance. She then applies washes to her pencil drawing using transparent watercolor to build up the many layers of color, allowing the previous layers of color to shine through. Although she uses traditionally taught techniques, she refines and hones those techniques through hours of experimentation. She becomes totally empowered through her painting and this passion results in moving stories that touch one’s soul.


Jaceena was employed 34 years as a US Government Senior Manager for Missile and Space Programs and after retirement she was sole proprietor of a Business Management Consulting Firm. She holds a MS in Business Management. She owns “Your Arts Desire” Studio/Gallery located in her home in Huntsville, AL. Jaceena is an accomplished artist whose paintings and prints are in collections locally and nationally. She continues to attend professional watercolor workshops taught by nationally acclaimed artists, such as Marilyn Hughey Phillis, E. Gordon West, Janet Rogers, and Stan Miller. She attributes her portrait training to Joy Wilson and Jo Ann Morgan who specialize in dry brush oil portraiture. She exhibits at Juried Fine Art and Museum Exhibitions and has received several National awards including the Watercolor Society of Alabama Award of Excellence in 2019, the Winsor Newton Award in 2009, and the Southern Watercolor Society Award in 2011. Jaceena has curated art exhibitions for several Galleries and Museums and is currently teaching classes and workshops at the TN Valley Museum of Art. She served as President of the Watercolor Society of Alabama in 2011 and 2015.  She has also served as the Exhibition Director for the Watercolor Society of Alabama since 2010. She is currently a WSA Signature Platinum Lifetime Member. www.jshepardfineart.com


The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art, Florence, AL
Decatur Art Guild, Decatur, AL
The Watercolor Society of Alabama
The National Watercolor Society
American Watercolor Society

Email: jaeshep@aol.com