David Shepherd is known internationally as one of the world's leading wildlife artists. He is also a passionate conservationist and he freely admits that he owes all his success to the animals he paints.
Prolific in output as a painter with a brimful of stories and anecdotes, David says he is an extrovert who enjoys talking. He likes being known as a natural promoter and an ardent ambassador for conservation - it's the way he is.
David became an artist in his tender years after his ambition to become a Gamewarden in Kenya's National Parks was thwarted. Beginning by painting birds, David moved onto Aviation pictures and realised that he could get commissions by giving his aviation paintings to the airlines.
It was on a visit to Kenya in 1960 as a guest of the Royal Air Force, that David became a conservationist.
He found a waterhole poisoned by poachers, around which were lying 255 dead Zebra. He realised then that, through his paintings, which were already in great demand, he could repay his debt to the wildlife that was immediately bringing him such success.
Since then, with the help of supporters across the world, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) has given away over £4million in grants to save critically endangered mammals in their wild habitat and benefit the local people who share their environment.
DSWF is an adaptable and flexible, non-bureaucratic organisation responding promptly to conservation threats by supporting trusted, reputable individuals and organisations operating in the field. Lean on administration but generous on funding, DSWF supports a range of innovative, vital and far-reaching projects throughout Africa and Asia, achieving real results for wildlife survival.