Explore our gallery
We have several unique collections to explore, currently The Dog Lover and Bent Not Broken are available for shopping. A Touch of Fairy Dust is coming soon and is full of whimsical fairies and nature based art.
Check out these colorful giclee prints in "Bent, Not Broken"
POODLE dog PORTRAIT art colorful PRINT of pop art painting 12x12Regular price $59.99 CADRegular priceUnit price per
POMERANIAN dog art print POP ART bright colors 12x12Regular price $59.99 CADRegular priceUnit price per
Original Painting Bluetick Coonhound <reserved for Suzanne>Regular price $499.00 CADRegular priceUnit price per
pitbull pit bull terrier giclee print of pop art dog painting bright colors 12x12Regular price $59.99 CADRegular priceUnit price per
Original Artwork by LA SHEPARD
Lee Ann has been creating art for over 40 years. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Canada and starting a family. Her artwork has brought joy to tens of thousands over the decades, all across the world.
She was once a proud business woman and artist, but recently diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia she now uses her art as an outlet to express herself.
Our mission is to share her art with the world while raising awareness for Cognitive Impairment conditions.
"Pretty in Blonde (American Cocker Spaniel)" Giclée Print of Original Painting by LA Shepard
German Shepherd dog art canvas print of LA Shepard painting 8x10
Yorkshire Terrier YORKIE dog portrait art canvas PRINT of LAShepard painting 8x10"
The story of the Artist
Learn about the Artist, her history, and about her ongoing battle with FrontoTemporal Dementia. A strong, beautiful, and talented young woman and her journey as artist, through life, love, and loss.
Read our story below.
Over 55 million are effected with Dementia worldwide - with no cures and few treatments, many people afflicted fall through the cracks. Being personally effected by this devastating illness, we have made it our mission to tear down stigmas associated with dementias and cognitive impairments and help rewrite the narrative for those effected, and their families.
A Small Family Business
Thank you for visiting our small, family-operated e-commerce store. This business was created out of love and remains operated by the second-generation of Shepard women to help offer love and support and in-home assistance for the Artist.
It's hard to find the right words to tell you this story. It's one full of love, family, dedication, but also much heartbreak and resilience.
This website is full of beautiful pictures; some of beloved pets, some of fairies and dreams of make belief and some of abstract thoughts. But what they all have in common is the spirit of their mutual artist; LA SHEPARD or Lea. She has been dedicated to art as long as she's been alive. From a young age she pursued an education in art where she started her career as artist in Cleveland in the late 60s.
Her journey would lead her to the sunny state of Florida where she met the love of her life and fellow artist, Gary. The two spent years together before marrying and having their first child in Canada, building a business and spending every cherished moment of life together, growing both their business LA SHEPARD DESIGNS and their family all at once.
They lived a blessed life, with a successful business that allowed them to stay home with their children and enjoy their lives focused on the simplest pleasures. This beautiful picture wouldn't last long, as fairytales rarely ever stay without trouble. When their children were still young, Lee Ann's beloved Gary fell ill with a terminal diagnosis of brain cancer. She spent countless hours researching experimental medications and therapies to help save her love's life, finding small successes in borrowing them that ever elusive - more time.
Weeks after receiving this devastating news, their business and empire they spent a decade building together fell to shambles as her husband lost the ability to care for himself, let alone run a company dependent on his physicality. Desperate to support her husband and three school aged children at the time, Lee Ann took to canvas once more, painting her beloved dog, Daisy. She found inspiration in her furry companion's ability to bring joy despite the hard times, and found herself inspired to paint more endearing pets.
She juggled her children, caring for her dying spouse, sourcing the life saving medication she found to prolong his life, and painting quietly in the earliest hours of the day - desperate to keep them all together.
Though she found a solace in her artwork, the truth was that they could only lengthen her dear husband's life and four years after starting her first Ebay pages and starting their war against cancer, she dust his ashes on their family home.
Broken and defeated, much of Lee Ann was lost that day that Gary passed, but as a mother, she was determined to help her children succeed despite the devastating loss of their father. She continued her artistic ventures, painting hundreds of colorful and realistic dogs, cats, rabbits, and birds.
Helping her children educate themselves, travel, start their own lives, she still felt a great amount of grief for the years that followed her husband's death. Each day was a painful reminder of time spent apart, and as the years continued, her grief continued to grow.
The darkness that can come from that type of loss can swallow a person whole.
We, unfortunately, lost my mom to her grief as an early form of dementia started to show its presence. Her severe depression and isolation grew into cognitive impairment and she would later be diagnosed with a rare form of Frontal Temporal Dementia - Semantic Dementia.
Though living with grace through the first years of her diagnosis, the difficulties of her condition would soon become unmanageable and her ability to communicate and understand others is now, almost lost.
I, her daughter, thankful for all the gifts my mother gave to us through our wonderful, though difficult life, wanted to ensure she would be loved and cared for just as tenderly as she did for her husband, my father, in those last years of her own life.
Though I cannot change the outcome of her condition, I am able to keep her artwork alive for all those who admire it and for the ever-motivated and inspired businesswoman my mom once was. It was always a beacon of hope and light for her in her own life and she still gets excited every time she gets to share her artwork with someone. She has always been proud knowing that her art sits on walls all across the world and people from everywhere have something fantastic and inspiring in common, a love for their pets.
Even today, Daisy, the same pooch that inspired her online presence all those years ago, sits on her lap, providing her the same comforts as she ever did.
This business is part of her story as a mother, wife, and artist, and we continue to run this store in her honour and as part of the legacy that is LA SHEPARD ART. We will forever be a small, family operated business, committed to taking care of our parents, our children, our siblings, our pets, and our communities going on 16 years strong.