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Saturday, December 03, 2011

Keith Shepherd - Meet the Illustrator

Illustrator of Walking Home To Rosie Lee by A(lexandria) LaFaye. Cinco Puntos Press, 2011.

Keith D. Shepherd grew up, in Saint Louis, Missouri, as part of a family of 10 children.  He began drawing at an early age and eventually attended Washington University and earned a BFA .  During a 2008 interview with Riehl Life, in conjunction with an exhibit in Kansas City, Shepherd says, "I first began by tracing. There was this 1960's kids show called 'WINKY DINK & YOU'." The Magic Screen episodes on the Winky Dink show encouraged him and he eventually found "How to Draw ... " books and his artist talents began to develop.  After his study at Washington University he spent 24 years as an artist at Hallmark cards, but always created wonderful pieces of art for the enjoyment of others.  His fine art is displayed at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City and has made their way to many other venues, including private collections.  In 2011, his art was featured in his first picture book, Walking Home to Rosie Lee, a picture book authored by A. LaFaye (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011).    

Interview -- (September 19, 2011) is posted at

An interview with the author  Alexandria LaFaye is also on this page featuring the creators of Walking Home to Rosie Lee.

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