Interview with Artist
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Silk Scarf Design by Natalie Chapman
NATALIE (HRUDKO) CHAPMAN: April 4, 1936 – July 17, 2009
Natalie Chapman’s greatest passion was photography. Her camera was her companion at all times, and she documented all the places she travelled, including British Columbia where she lived since the early 70’s. Just recently, Natalie donated fifty thousand slides, known as "The BC Collection", which were accepted into the Archives of the VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DIVISION. These original slides will be kept in perpetuity and will be known as "The Natalie Chapman Collection".
She wore many hats during the past 50 years. In her early years she lived in California where she worked for the William Morris Agency. In 1966 she married Ted Chapman, the president of Calgary TV station CFCN, but her marriage ended in 1972, at which time she moved to Vancouver, B.C. While in Vancouver she worked for the talent agent Les Weinstein, who represented the Irish Rovers. She was also involved in the Theatre in Vancouver, Vernon, Kelowna and Calgary and was no stranger to the publishing industry.
It was in the early 1980’s that she inherited a 35mm SLR camera and equipment from a friend and discovered that photography let her look at the world in a new way. Over the next 20 years she attended every photographic workshop and seminar that she could fit into her busy schedule. She served on the executive of many camera clubs in B. C. and eventually became the Secretary of the Canadian Association of Photographic Art.
Natalie’s work has been published in books, magazines, and other print media, including calendars, post cards and greeting cards. Her work encompasses a wide range of images such as, geologic microscopy, black light, abstracts, landscapes and nature. She believed that “seeing beauty” in ones surroundings is an art in itself, abstracting from the canvass of life and taking that special vision into a photograph.
She was dedicated to her photography and she inspired those who had the chance to meet her. She had a spirit that could not be rivaled and the word “can’t” was not in her vocabulary. She lived for the present and was always thinking about her next trip and the images she would create. She was a good friend to all that knew her.
For a more in depth look into Natalie’s love of photography and how she developed as a photographer, please read the interview I did with Natalie in the fall of 2008. You can see this interview by clicking on the “Interview with Artist” link on the left side of this page.
The Barn Gallery, Oyama, BC
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