About Greg Chappell
As a young man who grew up in a military family, Greg traveled throughout most of the western world. He took advantage of the opportunity to visit many art museums in Europe.
He was prolific at pencil drawing, but he remembers wondering how the old master painters obtained the proper balance of color and effects of light on each subject matter. This curiosity would eventually impact his desire as an adult to research and experiment to obtain satisfying results in his paintings.
An early junior high course in architectural drawing spawned a passion to venture into a future in the art world. However, as he continued his education he was disappointed in the instruction of art classes because what he was so eager to learn wasn’t being taught – how pigments react to each other on different grounds (linen, wood, board) with the proper mixing medium. He also discovered that most art schools were not teaching the basics – drawing, anatomy, composition, color, and the effects of light.
As a result, Greg spent many hours on his own studying Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Monet, which evolved into his present style of realism. He feels comfortable painting wildlife, romantic landscapes, or portraits.
Greg is now an instructor specializing in Renaissance Art and the old masters’ style of indirect painting (wet on dry). He give lectures on renaissance art compared to modern techniques from Ver Meer, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, to impressionists such as Monet and Renoir, and specializes in lectures on the evolution of paint pigments from cave drawing to modern synthetic pigments.