ObituaryHelen Parsons Shepherd
Helen Parsons Shepherd died on Friday, May 16, at the age of 85. Ms. Parsons Shepherd was an artist in St. John's, known for her commission portraits and her still-life paintings. She and her husband, the late Reginald Shepherd, played an important role in the post-Confederation art scene in this province. Ms. Parsons Shepherd received a fine arts degree from the Ontario College of Art in 1948. The Shepherds also operated the province’s first art school, the NL Academy of Arts in St. John’s, from 1949 to 1961. In 1988 the Shepherds received honorary doctor of laws degrees from Memorial at the opening of the School of Fine Arts at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. Three years ago Helen’s and Reginald’s work was celebrated in a major exhibition at The Rooms, and in a book entitled A Life Composed. Known for her paintings of the political elite, Ms. Parsons Shepherd has painted many of the presidents of Memorial.