Julie T. Chapman grew up adoring horses but never had one as a child. She loved science, math, and art, so she got an engineering degree and went to work for HP in northern California after college. There she finally got into horses and competed in dressage and 3-day eventing for years. Despite long hours in R&D and marketing at HP, she never stopped drawing. After winning the 2003 Arts for the Parks $50,000 Grand Prize, she moved from California to Montana and became a full-time artist. She already knew and loved Yellowstone and Glacier for wildlife reference material, but in Montana, she discovered the joys of small-town summertime rodeo.
Julie’s imagery is a contemporary take on the wildlife and horses of the modern American West and features visually dramatic subjects in an abstract setting.
Julie was selected among the “Wild 100” by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY; she won the Grand Prize in the 2002 Art for the Parks national juried competition; she is a recognized “Treasured Artist” for the state of Montana; and she has won many more national and international awards. Her work is shown in museums, collections, galleries, and exhibitions in the U.S., Canada, Asia, and Europe.