My love for Landscape Painting is rooted in the knowledge of Geologic Processes that have formed the landscape we live upon. The large forces of shifting tectonic plates, particularly the interactions between the Pacific Plate and North America Plate, forming the San Andreas Fault, are of extreme interest to me as I interpret the gesture of the land I paint.
Nature endures despite the pressures of population and development. As a member of the Oak Group I have been proud to contribute 50% of the sales of my work in our group exhibits towards environmental protection organizations. These include the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County (LTSBC.org), The Environmental Defense Center, The Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, Marin Agricultural Land Trust, and many others. Many successes have occurred in Santa Barbara County, including the Douglas Family Preserve, Sperling Preserve, and the Arroyo Hondo Preserve.
Cartooning and Animation have been a natural part of my life, which allows me to bring a sense of humor into t-shirt designs, illustration work, and ceramic sculptures. I have my family background involved with the Walt Disney Studios to thank for this inspiration.
I am honored to share my life with my gifted artistic wife Chris Chapman, with whom we share many painting adventures together, including our time as Preserve Managers from 2001-2005 on the Arroyo Hondo Preserve for the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. Here we were able to combine our love of Nature, Painting and Interpretation with like-minded visitors, volunteers and professionals at the Preserve.