M. Shepherd Defenbaugh is a visual artist based out of Austin, Texas. Their work explores idea of reality versus experience, and how we create and communicate meaning. Their current projects involve exercises in information translation and how this affects our understanding and interest in meaning and material, and also experimental painting techniques focusing on experience through perspective. Their work is interdisciplinary and conceptually-bent. Born in New Orleans, they studied Interdisciplinary Studio Art at Iowa State University, and continued graduate studies exploring Contemporary Art and Cultural Theory. Their work has been exhibited nationally, including awards and solo exhibitions at Gallery 181 in Iowa.