- Born in Kent, England in 1875, Arthur Sheppard entered the South Kensington Art School at the age of twelve. As a teenager, he traveled to the United States where he settled in NYC and painted scenery for the Metropolitan Opera. Around the turn of the century, Sheppard had studios in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles–where he worked for Paramount Studios for eight years. During the 1920s, he traveled extensively while studying art in Paris, London, and Rome. Eventually returning to Hollywood, he concentrated on portraiture and depictions of famous boxing matches.