Marie Chapian, PhD creates the psychological aspect of her paintings whether they are horses racing for home directly at the viewer, a brave surfer’s ocean or the orality of a half face in tones of grey.
Dr. Chapian grew up in the theatre as a dancer and actress and was influenced as a young student by the abstract expressionist and pop art movements in New York City. She studied art at the Art Student’s League and her large-size paintings were shown at the Gotham Gallery and Art Directions Gallery. She wrote poetry, cartoons and illustrated gift books and then her writing and art took off.
Her children’s book illustrations, cartoons and print art include “The Adventures of AlulaBelle” and “Harold and I.” Now, as a New York Times bestselling author of over thirty books (poetry, fiction, inspirational and young adult) Chapian has received nominations for the Pulitzer Prize, Pushcart and National Book Awards. Awards include two Angel awards, the Gold Medallion, and Best Book of the Year, San Diego’s Book Awards, Cornerstone’s Book of the Year and the Italian-American Women’s Award of Achievement. She is included in the 2012 book of contemporary artists, “Faith and Art.”
Her education includes the University of Minnesota, New York’s Art Student’s League, UCSD, MiraCosta and Palomar Colleges. An AA in Studio Art, two MA’s in psychology, a Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College in Creative Writing and a PhD in counseling, she is also seminary trained in Biblical studies. She served on the faculty of MiraCosta College for ten years.
Her art is currently shown at the Herbert B. Turner Gallery, Del Mar, CA, Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, CA, Coal Gallery Carlsbad, Solana Beach Library, North Coast Repertory Theatre Gallery, Solana Beach, CA, Starbucks Gallery, Del Mar, San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, and has also shown at Baum Gallery, San Marcos, CA, Kruglac Gallery, Oceanside, CA with solo shows at Galerie Rochelle Monique, San Diego, and El Camino Country Club, Oceanside, CA. Winner of 2 People’s Choice Awards.
Member of Oceanside Museum Artists’ Alliance, Collage Artists of America & President of Sargent Art Group, North County San Diego, Carlsbad Oceanside Art League, San Diego Watercolor Society and the La Jolla Art Guild.