I grew up as a horse-obsessed child who drew equines monomaniacally out of unrequited love (though I now train in dressage, and formerly competed in eventing.) My imagery is a contemporary take on the wildlife, horses, and rodeo of the modern American wild west. My subjects are usually placed in an abstract setting, often looking out at the viewer; they are inescapable, even confrontational, and they challenge us to consider our relationship to the animal and natural worlds. They also reflect the pure joy in my fieldwork, observing wildlife or standing in the dust of a rodeo, itching to capture my excitement in my art.

Work of mine can be found in shows, museums, galleries, and private collections throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. 

My art has been featured in six magazines in the last year, including Southwest Art, Big Sky Journal, and Western Art & Architecture.

I write a monthly email newsletter, the “Artzine”, highlighting shows, new work, philosophical musings, and so on; subscribe at my website, www.JulieTChapman.com.

“I am lucky to live near the National Bison Range, and observing, sketching, and photographing these iconic beasts is a favorite field activity of mine. They are particularly interesting to watch during the rut, when the bulls are making guttural bellows that sound almost predatory, chasing one another, and wooing the cows. Scratchboard is a fabulous medium for depicting texture, and bison have plenty of that; this bull’s intimidating and bull-igerent character made him a perfect subject for the medium.

Julie Chapman about "Bulligerent"