McLean Sheperd
Love Reflected Back in 1000 MirrorsLove Reflected Back in 1000 Mirrors (detail)Love Reflected Back in 1000 Mirrors (detail)Floating DaisiesFloating Daisies (detail)Highway 40Highway 40 (detail)Gathering Hydrangeas (detail)Gathering Hydrangeas (detail)Roses in a Red VaseRoses in a Red Vase (detail)Gerber DaisiesGerber Daisies (detail)Gerber Daisies (detail)Roses in a Gold Vase (detail)Roses in a Gold Vase (detail)French HillsideGrace Bridge at SunsetGrace Bridge (detail)Grace Bridge (detail)Sometimes there's a strange light emanating from the Francis MarionSometimes There's a Strange Light Emanating from the Francis Marion Hotel (detail)White Point GardensWhite Point Gardens (detail)White Point Gardens (detail)Tree of LifeTree of Life (detail)Tree of Life (detail)Tree of Life (in situ)Red PointsettiasRed Pointsettias (in situ)Red Pointsettia (detail)Red Pointsettia (detail)Marsh FireMarsh Fire (alternate view)Marsh Fire (detail)Petal to the Metal, IPetal to the Metal, IIPetal to the Metal II (detail)Petal to the Metal, IIIPetal to the Metal, III (detail)Petal to the Metal, VIPetal to the Metal, VPetal to the Metal, VIIPetal to the Metal, VIIILake AtitlanLake Atitlan (detail)Lake Atitlan (detail)Lake Atitlan (detail)Lake Atitlan (on album cover)Lake Atitlan, SunsetHeiros GamosHeiros GamosSunflowers in SilverDreaming the Garden
Shattering ProjectionsShattering Projections (detail)Shattering Projections (detail)Shattering Projections (detail)Hillside Hillside (detail)Cross Species PollinationCross Species Pollination (detail)TatianaTatiana (detail)SukiYellow RosesYellow Roses (detail)Winter TreesWinter Trees (detail)Milos GreeceMilos Greece (detail)First LightWishing TreeLake Jocassee Lake Jocassee (detail)Untitled
As an artist and physician, I recognize that art represents a critical aspect of healing --- for the individual, the culture and the planetary community. All people need to express their imagination through art-making to be truly whole. When a person engages creatively with the world, it shines forth as inner vitality, confidence and beauty.

Creative energy is life force energy, which is the energy of eros and of attraction. Art-making, in any form, makes a person more fully alive. Authentic vibrance and radiance is the result. This can be seen as natural and authentic beauty: the beaming face.

The power of art to heal comes from imagining what can be and then representing this with symbol, ritual & allegory. This is a transformative process which affects the artist by opening her to possibility and to the vastness of her own consciousness; it also emanates from the created work, to affect others with beauty & truth.

The presence of art in homes and public places makes a community healthier and more beautiful. When married to good science and medicine, vibrant artistic expression is what makes both an individual a culture truly well. This health radiates outward to affect the planet and the cosmos.