Julie T. Chapman

Come see the two new paintings, Blue Waltz and Slipstream, to the Gallery by Julie Chapman, her new oil-and-fluid-polymer series. “This is a new approach to painting that is fairly unique. I start with ink-like high-flow acrylics to develop the abstract backgrounds; this is only semi-controllable and is beautifully random and organic. Once that’s dry, I come back with oils applied and manipulated with a variety of unusual tools to create the somewhat fragmentary depictions of my subjects.”

Blue Waltz: The horse has been my lifelong artistic muse, especially when I’m trying something new! The “waltz” part of the title alludes to the 3/4 tempo of both a waltz and a canter.

Slipstream: “Slipstream” provided the inspiration in this piece, he is a high-spirited British Grand Priz horse, at liberty in his pasture.

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I grew up on a small family farm in central Ohio, where we spent summers working in the garden, baling hay, climbing trees, catching butterflies, and hanging laundry outside. What I wanted most was a horse; alas, it was unrequited love, which probably explains why I drew them obsessively. After college, I started drawing and have never stopped.

I explored all the graphic media and finally tried oils, it was love at first try. I spend a lot of time each year in pursuit of reference material; firsthand field experience is essential to getting the excitement and inspiration I want for a piece.

Since moving to Montana, I’ve discovered small-town summertime rodeos and have become enamored of the color, action, and excitement. It’s great fun to head off to a rodeo, stand out in the sun and dust for hours, and take a little piece of the adrenaline in the arena away with me. My work has evolved to something with a more contemporary edge.

I’m having fun playing with abstract backgrounds, sizzling streaks of color, and big loose brushwork and knifework. My influences have included masters such as Bob Kuhn, Carl Rungius, Richard Schmid and Wayne Thiebaud – and I’m also influenced by the wonderful artists who are painting today, such as Oleg Stavrowsky, Roy Anderson, and many others.

I look forward to seeing where my work goes; art is not a destination, but a journey. What a privilege to be an artist!