Granted honorary membership of the British Society of Painters in 2004, Ralph Shephard was also made an Associate member of the National Association of Painters, Sculptors, and Printmakers in the same year. The British Society of Painters was founded in 1987 and is dedicated to promoting and preserving the craft of the traditional artist. Other Fellows include Pietro Annigoni, Rowland Hilder OBE, Terence Cuneo OBE, CVO, and David Shepherd OBE. Shephard has exhibited with The British Society of Painters, The National Society of Painters, and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. He has participated in numerous exhibitions across the UK including, The White Room Gallery, Huddersfield, The Portland Gallery, Manchester and The Gulbenkian Gallery, Newcastle.