Julie Chapman, a Small Works, Great Wonders artist, has always had a passion for drawing animals and showing what is happening in her home – the West.
“I’ve drawn horses since I could hold a pencil, and that later broadened to include the wildlife around me,” she said. “I am deeply, endlessly fascinated by our animal brethren (I dearly wanted to be Mowgli in Kipling’s “The Jungle Book”), and since I live in Montana, my animal subjects are of this place. Therefore, what I create is ‘Western art’, based on my definition above.”
The varied art of SWGW gave viewers a glance at the many interpretations of the American West. Ranging from classic Western scenes to contemporary interpretations of the West, art buyers have a chance to see what the West means to them personally. There is still art available to view and even purchase and bring home.
To Chapman – and to many of the artists who participate in SWGW and other art shows and events at The Cowboy – depicting the American West through art is important for many reasons.