Local artist Trisha Sheppard's stylistic portrayal of Fort Saskatchewan has garnered lots of attention from the city.
On Tuesday (Apr. 11) Sheppard was announced as the 2023 Art in Public Places program winner at the Dow Centennial Centre (DCC). She was awarded the honour through her work 'AN ARTIST VIEW', which shows a Seuss-esque portrayal of the trail near Ross Creek.
"I've always had artistic talent and do it as a hobby, but when COVID happened, I got more involved in it," said Sheppard. "There are so many beautiful areas in Fort Saskatchewan, and I thought it would be so cool to do that kind of style but of places here that I love."
What makes this art so unique is that it was painted live on social media back in 2022 on her Facebook page, Creative Connections. Sheppard has been a staple in the Fort Saskatchewan artist community by hosting weekly online paint nights.
"I came up with the word 'Paint-demic', and people who commented while watching me paint would be entered in draws to win art packages, gift cards, supplies, or even some of my paintings."
Her winning piece is loosely based on the works of Sam Siegel, who paints minimalist depictions of the west coast. Sheppard said she showed Siegel her art which, in turn, inspired the artist who had inspired her.
"He liked my take on his art," said Sheppard. "It's a full circle."
When she submitted her art for the Art in Public Places program and discovered that she won, the hardest part was letting go of her work, despite being paid $250 for the work.
"It's bittersweet," said Sheppard. "I have a missing spot in my own home gallery now, but it's nice to get the recognition."
The Art in Public Places program was created by Mayor Gale Katchur to showcase the importance of culture, heritage, and creativity while creating a lasting legacy for future generations.
“The submissions received for 2023 demonstrate the varied talent that is here in Fort Saskatchewan. The Art in Public Places Program is one way in which we can celebrate and foster a love of the arts and of local artists,” stated Katchur.
You'll be able to see Sheppard's painting hanging at the DCC.