I adored horses, but never had one as a kid (even though I grew up on a small family farm in Ohio! the injustice of it all...). I loved science, math, and art, so - naturally enough - got an engineering degree and went to work for HP in northern California after college. There I finally got into horses, and competed in dressage and 3-day eventing for years.
Despite long hours in R&D and marketing at HP, I never stopped drawing. Winning the 2003 Arts for the Parks $50,000 Grand Prize kicked me in the butt in many ways, so we moved from California to Montana, and I became a full-time artist. I already knew and loved Yellowstone and Glacier for wildlife reference material, but in Montana I discovered the joys of small-town summertime rodeo (color! drama! horses in action!).
I recently made my first trip to Africa - the holy grail for wildlife artists - and fell in love with the beauty and diversity of the animals there. I'm enjoying exploring African subject matter in my scratchboards and paintings, and I can't wait to return.
I'm very privileged to have work in museums and collections in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, and to be juried or invited into a number of national and international shows annually (subscribing to my Artzine will keep you abreast of my event calendar). I'm also honored to be represented by a wonderful coterie of galleries in the U.S. and abroad (see the list above). My sincere thanks go to the ever-increasing number of collectors who have brought my work into their homes - they inspire me to keep growing!
Click on the images below to view Julie T. Chapman's artwork available for sale at this year's show.
The Museum and Museum Shop are temporarily closed to the public. Dismiss