The month of November brings another Alumni of Morning Sun Elementary. This months Alum is Tiffany (Pierce) Sheppard. Tiffany’s Morning Sun roots date back over 118 years. The Pierce name is a distinguished one in Morning Sun. We loved having Tiffany take a look back!
Name and Current Occupation?
Tiffany (Pierce) Sheppard
I have been a professional artist selling my paintings around the United States & overseas for nearly 10 years. My husband was a pilot in the Air Force and after going through deployments & knowing we’d move frequently, I knew I needed to work for myself so I could have the freedom to live and work wherever we went. In the last 10 years I have moved every 2-3 years going from Denver, Colorado to Travis Air Force Base in California then to New Mexico followed by Las Vegas, and most recently we spent three years overseas in Lincoln, England. We are currently back in the states, settling down in Louisville, Colorado.
I specialize in aircraft paintings with an abstract take on modern aircraft. I sell my work to private buyers as well as military bases and Air Force squadrons around the US to use as retiring / gifts of recognition.
Being able to paint something that may symbolize a certain time in the life for our servicemen & women who do so much for our country is a very humbling experience.
In 2013 I was a Wing Nominee for the Air Force Association’s 2013 Gill Robb Wilson Award by the 432d Air Force Wing. The Gill Robb Wilson Award is the Civil Air Patrol’s highest award for professional development for most outstanding contribution in the field of arts and letters.
Featured on about.com for “10 Fantastic Aviation Finds from Etsy” in 2013
“Outstanding Service Award” in 2012 from the Travis Officers’ Spouses’ Club, Travis AFB, CA
You can view my work at etsy.com/shop/TifSheppardFineArt
Dave & Carol Pierce
Family (spouse, children, ect.)?
My husband’s name is Levi Sheppard and we have two sons; Ezra (4) and Liam (2).
Which Partner High School did you attend?
High School Activities and Awards:
Senior Class Vice President
Student Senate, School Newspaper, Yearbook, Track & Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Football Cheerleader, Wrestling Manager, Marching Band, Color Guard, Concert Band, Winter Guard
Broke & still hold the school record for the 100 meter dash (1997) and the 4×100 (1999)
State Track – 1999: 4×100 Finals Qualifier
Distinguished Academic Achievement:1995-1998
Which College did you attend and your major?
Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA – Graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts – Majors in Public Relations & Art
College Activities and Awards:
Emphasis in Painting, Photography, Creative Writing and Political Science, worked in the Technical Services department in the Stewart Memorial Library 1999-2003, “Color Your Mood” Senior Thesis Painting Exhibition 2003, Worked with the city of Cedar Rapids & documented all public works of art, Flunk Day Committee Member in 2003
Why are you proud of Morning Sun?
Morning Sun helped shape the person I am today. After moving away and living in several places I am constantly reminded that I grew up in community full of genuinely kind, good-hearted parents and teachers who will stick by you even when you make mistakes. It’s hard to find that kind of balance & I see how rare that is in other parts of the world. I always say that whenever I go home to Morning Sun it always makes me feel more grounded and I remember why it’s such a special place. Communities like Morning Sun can be difficult to find because it’s the people that make it so great.
What is your favorite Morning Sun memory?
I’ve got a lot! By far my favorite memories are the 4th of July celebrations, riding on parade floats, little league softball, riding bikes around town with my best friends, having “babysitter’s club” meetings with my friends in my family’s furniture store, water balloon fights at the start of summer, going to the pool, and lifting weights during the school year with Mr. Siegel in the gym even after I started going to Wapello.
Why do you still value your Morning Sun roots?
I will always value the relationships I made in Morning Sun—Some friendships I’ve had since I was 5 years old turned out to be those irreplaceable ones that I hold very dearly today.
Also, I come from a family who has always loved Morning Sun. My great-grandpa started a furniture store in Morning Sun in 1900 & my parents started a Christmas tree farm locally in 1980. I learned from my parents, grandparents, friends, teachers and mentors the importance of being positive and involved in the community & what it takes to run a good business. I learned that having a good work ethic can get you far, and never being afraid to get dirty. But most importantly always showing up & giving it your best, no matter what you’re going through.