Julie T. Chapman

Missoula MT
Julie Chapman

Julie T. Chapman

I am an Ohio farm girl and recovering engineer who came to Montana to be an artist following 18 years working for HP in California, after I won the Arts for the Parks $50,000 Grand Prize in 2002.

I grew up as a horse-obsessed child who drew equines monomaniacally out of unrequited love (I’ve since trained in dressage and jumping). My imagery is a contemporary take on the wildlife, horses, and rodeo of the modern American west, in a “disrupted realism” style. These paintings are a response to the fragmented nature of our current environment (social, political, and natural), and they are intended to spur us to ask questions of ourselves and our society. These pieces demand more from me than any other body of work I’ve done before…but I want them to be evocative, and just as the paintings require my intense focus, I ask a lot from my viewers: I ask them to participate in not just looking, but seeing.

My art is featured in galleries, museum shows, and collections throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. My work has appeared in Southwest Art, Big Sky Journal, Western Art & Architecture, and other magazines. It is regularly shown in national exhibitions, including:

  • Buffalo Bill Art Show (Buffalo Bill Center of the West, WY)
  • Small Works Great Wonders (National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OK)
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days Art Show (Old West Museum, WY)
  • Western Visions (National Museum of Wildlife Art, WY)

My work has also been invited into exhibitions in Canada and Great Britain


Lasso Scherzo by Julie T. Chapman

Lasso Scherzo

20″ x 24″ – oil, acrylic and charcoal – sold
Vanishing-Ark---Canis-Lupus by Julie Chapman


24″ x 18″ – oil and acrylic – sold
Sly (Brer Fox) by Julie T. Chapman

Sly (Brer Fox)

28″ x 22″ – scratchboard – sold
Julie T. Chapman-Rhapsody in Blue (and Grey), Study

Rhapsody in Blue (and Grey), Study

16″ x 20″ – oil – sold
Remembered Kinship by Julie Chapman

Remembered Kinship

30″ x 30″ – oil and fluid polymer – sold
Julie Chapman - Everyone's a Critic

Everyone’s a Critic

11″ x 14″ – Scratchboard – sold
Swan Light #2 by Julie T. Chapman

Swan Light #2

5″ x 7″ – Oil & Cold Wax – sold
Julie Chapman - Swan Light #1

Swan Light #1

5″ x 7″ – Oil & Cold Wax – sold
Trio by Julie Chapman


11″ x 14″ – Scratchboard – sold
Julie Chapman - Mama Wolf

Mama Wolf

20″ x 40″ – Scratchboard – sold
Barrel Bling #2 by Julie T. Chapman

Barrel Bling #2

12″ x 12″ – Scratchboard – sold
Cool Regard by Julie T. Chapman

Cool Regard

12″ x 12″ – Scratchboard – sold
Ursus Nobilis by Julie T. Chapman

Ursus Nobilis

11″ x 14″ – Scratchboard – sold
Family by Julie T. Chapman


18″ x 14″ – Scratchboard – sold
How do you talk about abstraction, except that is has to do with my sense of balance and design and movement.  It draws on the colors in my main subjects, and I put those colors together to make my subjects powerful and inescapable for the viewer.  My work has no recognizable setting because my animals are my landscapes.