Midwest born and raised, East Coast educated, long time San Francisco Bay Area and Vermont teacher/painter, I have experienced and enjoyed many landscapes. My painting style, originating on the East Coast, was developed and reached maturity in Northern California. Moving to Vermont has been a return to my painting 'roots.'

I begin some paintings on-site, in 'plein air', not only because of the unique light and ideas that a specific setting affords, but also because of the society of people I paint with and meet locally. It is much about placing oneself 'out' there, with the paintings at times acquiring finish from interior motives realized in the studio.

I grew up in Lorain, Ohio and graduated from Columbia College in New York City with a degree in Art History. I have taken numerous classes in fine art at a number of institutions and have taught extensively over the years.

Interview with artist Robert Chapla on the occasion of his receiving a 2007 Arts Recognition Award from the Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (California)


Galleria Fine Arte, Stowe, Vermont

North of the Falls, Bradford, Vermont

Art Concepts Gallery, Walnut Creek, California

Millers Thumb Gallery, Greensboro, Vermont


From 1975 to the present, I have exhibited and shown my paintings and ceramic sculpture at a number of different venues and galleries. The most recent shows are listed below. A more complete list is available on request.



2010/2011/2012 Exhibiting member, North by Hand
2011 Jericho Plein Air, Gruppe Gallery, Jericho
2011 “The Dark Side”, SPA Gallery, Barre
2011 “Lost in Traffic”, SPA Gallery, Barre
2011 “Hoofing It”, Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild, St. Johnsbury
2011 “Rock Solid”, SPA Gallery, Barre
2010 “The Shadow Show”, TW Wood Gallery, Montpelier
2010 Annual Juried, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, N.H.


2011 Revisiting Influences, Epperson Gallery, Crockett
2008 Farewell Retrospective, Epperson Gallery, Crockett
2007 “From Freeways to Yosemite”, Diablo Valley College, Concord
2006 "Parking Structure Revisited", Walnut Creek City Hall, W.C.
2005 "Past Approaches", Nash Gallery, Crockett
2005 Contra Costa County Law Library, Martinez
2005 Glashoff Gallery, 2527 Manka's Corner Rd., Suisun Valley
2004 "Lines of Development", Ledgewood Creek Winery, Suisun Valley
2003 "Poetic Departures" Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento
2001 "An Artist's Journey" Lynn House Gallery, Antioch
2000 "A Clear and Present Texture" Epperson Gallery, Crockett
2000 "Levels of Vision" Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek

2007 "Yosemite Renaissance XXII", Yosemite Valley Calif. & traveling exhibit (award)
2007 "Northern Views Calif. Painting", Napa Valley Museum, Yountville
2007 "Plein Air", I Wolk Gallery, St. Helena
2007 "Slopes of Diablo II", Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek
2006 "Over and Above", Epperson Gallery, Crockett
2006 "Abstracted Landscapes", 20th St. Art Gallery, Sacramento
2006 "Bridges, Boats and Buildings", Elliot Fouts Gallery, Sacramento
2006 "Flyway Festival", Mare Island, Vallejo, Awarded Best Painting
2005 "Terrascapes", Nancy Dodds Gallery, Carmel
2005 "Northern Views Calif. Painting", Napa Valley Museum, Yountville
2005 "Yosemite Renaissance XX", Yosemite Valley Calif. & traveling exhibit
2004 "Four on the Floor", 20th Street Gallery, Sacramento
2004 "Scene on the Strait", 8th Annual, Martinez, Ca. (7th year of annual participation)
2004 "Slopes of Diablo", Valley Art Gallery, Walnut Creek
2004 "The Self Portrait", Vacaville Art Gallery, Vacaville
2004 "Flyway Festival", Mare Island, Vallejo, Ca. 1st prize, Best Wetlands Painting
2004 "Landscapes", Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, Martinez
2004 "HayBales and Other large Work", Orinda Library, Orinda
2003 "An Open Space Odyssey", Nash Gallery, Crockett
2003 "The Big Tree Project", Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek
2003 "Painting the Figure", Vacaville Art Gallery, Vacaville
2003 "Art of the Sierra", Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento
2003 "Unbounded Vistas: Artists Interpret the California Landscape",
Hearst Gallery, St. Mary's College
2003 "Abstracted Landscapes", 20th St Art Gallery, Sacramento
2003 "Painters and Poets", DiRosa's 'Off the Preserve' Gallery, Napa
2003 "Gateway Paintings", Summit Gallery, Mt. Diablo
2003 "Art of a Community", Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia
2002 "Celebrating the Bridge", Epperson/Nash Galleries, Crockett
2002 "Paintings of the North Bay" O'Rourke Art Gallery, Benicia
2002 "Yosemite Renaissance XVII" Yosemite Valley, Ca, and traveling exhibit
2001 "California Contours", Art Concepts Gallery, Walnut Creek
2001 "Marin Open Space Invitational", William Lester Gallery, Pt. Reyes
2001 "2001: An Open Space Odyssey", Vacaville Art Gallery, Vacaville
2001 "Painters Painting Painters", Arts Benicia Gallery, Benicia
2001 "Red Orange October", California Collectors Gallery, Kentfield
2001 "Marin/Scapes", Escalle Winery, Larkspur
2001 "Pacific Light", Galerie Plein Air, Carmel
2000 "The Art of a Community" Arts Benicia, Benicia
2000 "Yosemite Renaissance XV" Yosemite Valley, Ca., award winner, traveling show
2000 "Artistic Encounters" Royal Ground Gallery, Montclair
2000 "Olema Valley Ranches Today" Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach



B.A., Art History, Columbia College, New York City


Graduate work in Architecture and Art History
Washington University, St. Louis, MO


Classes in figure drawing, portraiture, printmaking, sculpture, painting, design, ceramics, tool making, bronze casting
Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH
Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA
Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA
Walnut Creek Civic Arts, Walnut Creek, CA


Art Teacher
De La Salle High School, Concord, CA

Furniture Designer, Graphics
Popular Woodworking, Weekend Woodcrafts Magazine, Concord, CA

Classes in figure drawing, painting, computer graphics, cartooning, animation, ceramic sculpture
Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA
International Fine Arts, Miami, FL
Walnut Creek Civic Arts, Walnut Creek, CA


Painting Teacher, Drawing and Painting Program Coordinator
Walnut Creek Civic Arts, Walnut Creek, CA


Move to Vermont, establishment of art studio and old farm restoration