Jim Chapman began drawing at age three and never stopped. A former newspaper illustrator, science museum illustrator and creative director, he pursued a dual career as graphic artist by day, fine artist by night. 


His personal artwork has been exhibited in such sites as Art Aqua Miami, Ernest G. Welch Gallery, the Granite Room in Atlanta, Texas Tech University and the National Watercolor Society. His illustration work has been presented at venues such as Museum Victoria in Melborne, Australia; The Minolta Planetarium, Toyokawa, Japan; The Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg and Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta.


His artwork has been featured in International Artist magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic and Georgia Trend. Jim was a Contributing Editor for The Artist’s Magazine for several years.

Jim has taught art and design at Brenau University, University of North Georgia, and at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where he earned an MFA in Studio Art. He has also taught painting for the University of Georgia’s Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy.

In 2016, Jim was one of a dozen national educators selected to attend the STEAM Workshop at the Yellowstone Institute in Gardiner, Montana. In 2017, he painted, by invitation, on Georgia's Ossabaw Island with the Ossabaw Island Art Group. In 2019, Jim taught Urban Sketching at the Kulture Schopkaufer in Berlin, and led sketching sessions on the streets of Berlin.

An avid adventurer, Jim enjoys motorcycling (2009 Softail Heritage) kayaking, guitars, travel and experiencing new cultures and foods. He resides in the foothills of North Georgia.