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Artist Biography

Gayela Chapman-McKelvie Biography          

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. 

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 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.   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.

Watercolor painting is the medium of my choice.   I love bold and vivid colors.  I love the transparency of the colors that come through while creating each layer of my paintings.  I hope when people see my paintings that they too will be inspired by them. 

My paintings have displayed at the Arizona State Fair, Avondale Worldfest Exhibit, and the Home and Garden Show.  I am a juried member of the Wickenburg Art Center.  




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