I am a white settler living and learning in Ottawa on traditional Anishinaabe territory where I am an artist, environmentalist, and animal advocate. After a career in business and technology, I reinvented myself as a visual artist to link my passions for art, animals, and the environment. I took and continue to take studio art courses and work in a variety of media: painting, printmaking, sculpture, video, photography, and text. In 2011 I began studying art history at Carleton University, which culminated in a master’s degree in 2020. I also hold degrees in psychology and biology.
Working in an interdisciplinary manner, I conduct art-research projects that are provocations to industrialized and consumerist systems. My projects address industrialized animal agriculture, the urban water system, environmental degradation and diversity loss, climate change, and currently, regenerative agriculture.
I have two websites:
bethshepherd.ca holds content related to art, art history, local ecology and climate change. My work on eels and concrete poetry are on this site.
artthatmakesadifference.ca contains my work on animals in art, industrial animal agriculture, including my favourite series Pigs in a (Post) Modern World, and most recently, my work on regenerative agriculture.
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