Luvon Sheppard studied at RIT, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and a Master of Science in Art Education. He has been teaching illustration and painting at RIT since 1972. Sheppard's paintings often reflect his involvement in the local community. He has painted many local street scenes and portraits of prominent local African-Americans, including Frederick Douglass and Garth Fagan. He founded the Allofus Art Workshop for children and has received various awards for his artwork and teaching.