Emerging multimedia artist from the outskirts of Washington DC, Shepherd aka Slumlux, is the only son of three children and clichéd ‘middle child’, he has from an early age pursued activities that engage and demand determination, creativity, self- expression and concentration. As a young child he became fanatical about skateboarding, practicing every day and constructing ramps and obstacles from materials he found around his home and neighborhood. A passion he continues today. In 2014, after failing at school, Slumlux made the unconventional and brave decision given his young years, to enroll in the Virginia Commonwealth Challenge program. Not unlike Boot Camp, the project intends and largely succeeds in restoring confidence, independence, discipline and self-worth in a military environment. By moving oneself physically from society, family and friends, one is able to think and act as an individual.
Away from the modern anxieties, pressures and the social adherence's of adolescence in such a close quarter environment, he flourished. Over a thousand hours reading, sketching and studying afforded him the skills and confidence to think in a new more positive, productive way thus nurturing his creative talents.
Slumlux succeeded beyond all expectations and graduated with Honors. The door to new possibilities and opportunities was wide open and
he ran through it.
His journey had begun.
Now an accepted and exhibited multimedia artist in his own right, his compositions incorporate a wide variety of mediums and unique concepts, with his artworks perhaps concentrating most on abstract female portraiture and cultural/distressed beauty. He is also a keen photographer and gleans ideas from a number of primary multimedia sources including film, fashion, literature, graphic/logo design and framing.
This has allowed him to experiment and nurture his own unique style in pieces with clashes of vibrant color and movement which are not only aesthetically pleasing, but have a rhythmic narrative. In juxtaposition he has produced works that are dark, brooding and detached, daring the audience to question its concept.
His works typically begin as an analogue study in graphite, charcoal or acrylics which are then treated as an underpainting and embelished with mediums such as oils, or collage.