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Meet Gayela Chapman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gayela Chapman.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in Northeast Texas on a farm and I have been in Arizona for twelve years. Art and creativity have been a passion of mine from an early age. As long as I can remember, I have always loved to create things through color and different textures—even spending all my Christmas, birthday, and babysitting money on art supplies when I was growing up.

Although, I did not begin seriously painting until I was an adult. I have taken several classes for painting, reading, learning new techniques, and just creating. I am finally able to devote one hundred percent of my time to be a full-time artist, which I strive to learn something new every day and practice to be the best I can be.

I love both Arizona and Texas, a lot of my inspiration comes from the beautiful surroundings of the southwest, my home state and animals. With the beauty of the Southwest all around me, I have recaptured my passion for painting.

Please tell us about your art.
One of my passions in life is watercolor painting. Through my paintings I seek to paint from my personal experiences, to capture scenes and events as I see them and to share with others the beauty and variations of the subjects as I see them.

Watercolor painting is the medium of my choice. I love bold and vivid colors. I love the transparency of the colors that comes through while creating each layer of my paintings.

It is my goal as an artist to examine ordinary things and presenting them in a unique way of looking at my subject matter. While my artwork subjects vary, I find myself repeatedly drawn to landscapes, desert botanicals, animals and objects from the past such as old carriages, churches and barns. I hope when people see my paintings that they too will be inspired by them.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
The advice that I would give is to always strive to be your best. Also, to focus on one thing at a time until it is perfected before moving on to the next. Artists have to be many things all at once and it can be very overwhelming when you have or you are trying to learn new things all at once.

I would suggest getting in an art club or group for the support from other artists and to get involved in the events that they offer. Take it step by step, follow your heart and the desire that is given to us. if you think you made a mistake, just keep moving—who knows it probably wasn’t a mistake, after all, just a step that will be used later, even if it is 10 years down the road. The most important thing is to take the step, don’t be someone that regrets never taking that step

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The best way to see and support my artwork is through the Wickenburg Art club and my website at

I am a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance and the Wickenburg Art Club. My artwork can be seen at the Wickenburg Art Club and at other local businesses in the Wickenburg area. I currently have artwork at the Flying E Ranch and The Secretary. My artwork will also be displayed for the upcoming West of Center 2018 annual exhibition from July 28th through October 28th that will take place at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum’s Cultural Crossroads Learning Center in Wickenburg, Arizona. I will also be doing a demonstration at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum on September 8th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

All my original artwork is available on the website, as well as customizable prints on canvas, acrylic, fine art paper, metal, and wall decals. People can get regular updates on events, news, and special sales and promotions by signing up for my newsletter. People can also follow my work on Instagram at, my Facebook page at or my Facebook group page at where I post the process of how I create my art, other artists artwork, and anything related to art. Anyone that is interested in art can join my group.

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Gayela Chapman

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