Chapman (b.1963) - I'm an artist in love with nature - with wildlife, wilderness,
and wide open spaces. I started drawing (mostly horses) as soon as I could
hold a crayon, and this turned into a lifetime love affair with art and
the animal. Once I moved to the West, with its stunning light and beautiful
wildlands, I knew I had found my home as an artist.
I use a palette knife in much of my art for its ability to create clean, bold slashes of color. Since I paint impressionistically, the knife ensures I don't get too fussy.
I paint only from my own reference material, and I journey regularly to the West's wild and remote places. There is no other way to capture the emotion and intensity of wildlife and wild places than through firsthand experience. Every painting has a story behind it (some a little on the hair-raising side) and I want the viewer to feel that emotion.
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