Chris Chapman is a California artist
known for her landscape paintings and native botanicals. Primarily
self-taught, she works in watercolors, gouache, oils, and pastels.
Born in Pasadena in 1950, her
bonds with nature and creative expression were forged early.
After studies at University of Oregon, UC Santa Barbara, and
Santa Barbara Community College, her artistic livelihood was
Combining conservation with art,
Chris and husband John Iwerks lived and painted on the Gaviota
Coast from 2000 to 2013. As the first preserve managers at Arroyo
Hondo Preserve they made lasting contributions while also teaching
art classes at Santa Barbara Community College. Now Chris and
John live and paint nearby in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.
Chris is a member of the Oak
Group, a Santa Barbara based group of preservation minded painters
formed in 1986. Her work is featured in permanent installations
and collections at Ventura County Art Museum, Wildling Museum
of Art & Nature, University of CA Santa Barbara Sedgwick
Reserve, Arroyo Hondo Preserve, and Descanso Botanic Gardens.
She is a Signature Member of several national pastel societies
and Honorary Lifetime Member of Santa Barbara Art Association.