Julie T. Chapman2013 Artist
2013 Artwork for Sale
About the Artist
Julie T. Chapman's short story: My horse obsession as a child plus lack of an equine meant I drew them monomaniacally out of unrequited love. (I even grew up on a farm! The injustice of it all.) And now I'm an artist, though I have broadened my horizons enough to paint other animals besides horses. Recent career highlights include the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition in London, a Southwest Art cover, and Best of Show (Flatwork) at the 2011 Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction.
What artist inspires you? Why?
There are loads of artists who inspire me, including many of my contemporaries. My original inspiration was Bob Kuhn, of course, and Carl Rungius, Maynard Dixon, Nicolai Fechin, and Wayne Thiebaud, among many).
How do you come up with an idea for a new piece of artwork?
Ideas come in several forms: after an exciting session of fieldwork, while noodling through my reference material, or (occasionally) as a bolt from the blue. The more vivid an idea is, the more it possesses me to work on it. (I wonder if all artists suffer from OCD.)
Where is the most inspirational place you've visited lately?
AFRICA! WOW! The heat, the light, the gorgeous animals-I'd go back tomorrow. As one traveler has said, "Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all."