A striving for composition,
color, and story often influences the subject that I choose to
paint. The lay of the land and its under-the-surface geology
adds to my understanding of topographic gesture, appearance of
vegetative patterns, and flow of the landscape.
Winds, seasons, textures, the
flight of birds, balance imbalance, gravity, drainage, the ebb
and flow of tides and shorelines; the interconnectedness of all
things. The slow but constant shifting of the Earths crustal
plates. These all interest and fascinate me, and I think of these
things as I sketch and paint.
Cartooning and animation have
been a natural part of my life, allowing me to bring a sense
of humor into illustrations, t-shirt designs, and ceramic sculptures.
I have my family background with Walt Disney Studios to thank
for this inspiration.
Im honored to share my
life with my gifted wife, Chris Chapman. Weve shared many
painting adventures together, including our time as Preserve
Managers from 2001 2005 at the Arroyo Hondo Preserve for
the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. There we were able to
combine our love of Nature, Painting, and Interpretation with
like-minded visitors, volunteers, and professionals.