Medlin Art Gallery solo show featuring works by Terra, August 3rd-5th, details coming soon.
Medlin Art Gallery
2 Loudoun Street, SE, Leesburg, Virginia 20175 1 (703) 771-8696
Terra Chapman was born in San Diego, California, but she did not remain there for long. She has traveled and lived in many places including Texas, Virginia, Portugal, and Italy. Her fascination with art began at an early age when she was first able to hold a pencil in her hand. When she was seven years old she took private lessons from Sandy Pratt, an artist in Baja, California. She was instantly captivated by oil painting and thus commenced her life long relationship with painting. To her it was the was the texture of the paints right out of the tube, the sweet scent of the turpentine, the bounce of the canvas, and the image that miraculously arose in front of her. Her interest in painting and the arts has only increased with time.
Terra continued taking private lessons with various teachers up until the year she began her academic training in Florence, Italy in 2008. When had been searching for higher education in the arts, it was one of her private instructors, Dimitar Krustev from Bulgaria, who pointed Terra in the direction of Florence, Italy and to its classical academies of fine art. Terra found a second home in Florence and the Academies there, were she found the knowledge and community that she had been looking for. She began the full time academic program at Angel Academy of Art in 2008.
Terra attended Angel Academy for two years and became a student teacher during her last year. She loved teaching at the academy and began instructing workshops of her own as well as hosting private lessons. Terra transferred to Florence Academy of Art in 2010 and remained there until she graduated in December of 2011. At the Florence Academy she learned many additional painting techniques and experimented with the figure in sculpture.
After graduating from the Florence Academy Terra felt she could still benefit from further study at the Academies in Florence. In June 2013, she completed one year of study at the Russian Academy of Art, a sister school to the Russian Academy of Art in Saint Petersburg.
Terra began accepting commissions when she was tweleve years old, ranging from landscapes to portraits. During and in-between her academic studies she has had studio shows, group shows, and solo exhibitions at various galleries and organizations, including the Annigoni museum in Florence and the Medlin Art Gallery in Leesburg Virginia.
An Artist Statement, by the artist.
My life has always been consumed by art, it has kneaded, shaped, prodded, and passionately influenced the course of my life. It has taken me down roads I never thought imaginable. I experience the process of painting as calming and meditative, but it is at the same time extremely exhilarating and thrilling. For me, art is a way to open my eyes wide to the world, it is a means of trying to understand both the world around and within me. While painting, any mindless chatter falls away and all that is left is the captivating beauty of the subject and everything that it represents.
For me, art is something that functions with the same processes and systems as found in nature, it is a part of nature. Nature willingly gives the humble artist abundant material to work from. Art should posses a timeless quality and this is something that I strive for in all of my works. It is then that the works can be admired by all generations and understand that it is connected with something within them as well. I am primarily interested in working with the human figure.What is so arresting and puzzling and fascinating about the human figure are the same as those found in the universe. For inspiration and guidance I have only to look around me to nature. I am constantly visiting museums to study the masterful works of past artists, such as Jose de Ribera, Caravaggio, and Titian.
"Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and there defines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated"- Auguste Rodin
Angel Academy of Art, studied under John Michael Angel, Florence, Italy, 2008-2010
Florence Academy of Art, gradutated, under Daniel Graves, Florence Italy 2010-2011
Russian Academy of Art in Florence and Saint Petersburg, Florence Italy 2012-13
Ecoroche Anatomical Course at Grand Central Academy of Art, under Jason Sullivan, Summer of 2012
2009-2010 student teacher at Angel Academy
2009 Portrait workshop in Ajijic, Mexico
2012 Summer Private instructor
2011-2012 The Art Renewal Center Scholarship: Second Place monetary scholarship
2010-2011 The Art Renewal Center Scholarship: Winner of First place monetary scholarship
2011 Honorable Mention for "The Siren" in the Utrecht Competition
2011 First Place figurative Expo at Infinity Gallery Online with "The Slave"
2009 Honorable Mention, Art Space Herndon, Expressions Portrait Competition
2009 Best of Show, League of Reston Artists, Paint and Beyond
2008 League of Reston Artists, Scholarship Winner
2005 Honorable Mention, Vienna Art Society, Teen Exhibition
2010 Annigoni's Legacy, Villa Bardini, Florence , Italy. Students of the Angel Academy of Art
2010 Art Space Herndon, Virginia, In the Shadow of Giants, Trio show along with Jamie Egner and Teresa Oaxaca.
2010 Old House Vineyards, Culpepper Virginia, Solo show
2009 Open Studio Solo Exhibition of Drawings and Paintings, Herndon, Va
2009 Painting and Beyond, USGS center, Fairfax, VA, group juried show.
2009 Art of Sei Divino Wine Bar, Student Exhibition, Florence, Italy
2009 Angel Academy of Art Annual Student Exhibition, Florence, Italy, group juried show.
2008 Open Studio Solo Show, Herndon, Va
2003-2008 Medlin Art Gallery, Group Juried Show
2007 Tresury of Art Show, Vienna Art Soceity, Group Juried Show
American Artist Drawing Magazine Spring/Summer issue (to come) 2012
American Artist Drawing magazine Summer Issue 2011, Cover Competion, "Mrs. Moncrief After Henry Raeburn"
American Artist Drawing Magazine Summer Issue 2010, "Guilio"
Elan Magazine "Rising Star" Jan 2010
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