“My art celebrates our fellow travelers on this planetary ark, in a disrupted-realism style that asks for your engagement.” — Julie Chapman
Based in Montana, Julie Chapman has an abiding love of the modern American west — its wildlife, horses, cowboys, and cowgirls. Her mission is to share her wonder at the beauty and sentience of the animal nations that we share this planet with and to connect you to Nature with her work.
Julie describes her painting process as having evolved into a “disrupted-realism” style, where her subjects are fragmented, and the final outcome of each piece is unknown at the start; the journey involves abstraction, drawing, scraping, and re-working — all in a search for “the right amount of not enough.”
The fragmented, ‘incomplete’ aspect of Julie’s paintings is her response to “the chaos and change that is everywhere in our environment.” Many of her paintings are intended to push us as the viewer to ask questions of ourselves, and of each other. The ‘incompleteness’ of her subjects also expresses the feeling of revealing something more elemental, more essential … “perhaps reflecting my own deep emotion and love for the animals I paint.”