Jane Chapin grew up in rural Pennsylvania, excelling at drawing and painting at a young age and helped put herself through college by drawing portraits. She attended art school, graduating with a degree in Art Education, then taking her skills to the Peace Corps in El Salvador before pursuing an art teaching career in the US.
Chapin made the decision to pursue her painting education by studying independently with mentors such as Richard Schmid, John Budicin, Kim English, Kenn Backhaus, Kevin MacPherson and Calvin Liang, eventually leaving teaching to paint professionally full time. Her work became nationally recognized through juried shows and galleries throughout the country, as well as private and university collections. Her professional career also includes teaching workshops and serving as juror and speaker for art events. i It encompasses figurative, landscape and plein air painting, which she sees as an essential part of her ongoing development as a painter. In 2010, Chapin published the first of two “Land of the Free” books, using her paintings of the 50 states to tell the personal stories of wounded and fallen US military and raising funds for veterans and their surviving families.
Jane Chapin is the recipient of numerous honors and awards for her work including
2019 – Invited Artist, Coors Western Art Show, Denver, CO
2018 – Art Renewal Center International Exhibition Finalist
2018 – Signature Membership awarded – Oil Painters of America
2018 – Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Santa FE, NM – Figure in the Landscape Award
2018 – American Impressionist Society National Exhibition - Award of Excellence
2017 – Outdoor Painters Society, Dallas, TX – Award of Merit
2017 – Art Renewal Center International Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain - Honorable Mention
2016 – Signature Membership awarded – American Impressionist Society
2016 – Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM (Architectural Subject Award)
2015 - Raymond James Network of Women Advisors – Chosen Artist of the Year
2013 -15 – Trailside Galleries Invited Artist Masters in Miniature Exhibition and Sale, Jackson, WY
2014 – Women Painters of the Southeast, Greensboro, GA (Best of Show Award)
2013 – Callaway Gardens Plein Air, Pine Mountain, GA (Best of Show Award)