Chapman Hamborg grew up in Huntington Beach, California, practicing art at a young age. Much of his early inspiration flowed from his deep connection with nature and his love of the ocean.
Classically trained under Kim Frassett of Terra Arts Foundation, at the age of 16 he earned a scholarship for a summer course at Laguna College of Art and Design, which cultivated a desire to study realism. He moved to Florence, Italy, where he studied classic realist drawing and painting for 3 years at Angel Academy of Art, spending a year there teaching Artistic Anatomy.
Chapman enjoys working from life — drawing, sculpting, and painting landscapes, portraits, still life and figures. He travels often with his wife, painting landscapes and people along the way.
Chapman is adamant about working from life; his relationship with God and His creation is a primary source of inspiration. Rather than simply replicating what he sees, the experience with the environment and the model is integral to expressing the art. It is what makes the art alive.