DAVID CHAPPLE Biography
Born in 1947 in Palo Alto, California, David Chapple found his artistic talents at a young age. Winning art contests beginning in grammar school, Chapple won the local Langtham Foundation Award. While earning his degree at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Chapple worked as a taxidermist, giving him a special understanding for his developing interest in wildlife painting. Chapple was All American in football at UCSB and played professionally in the National Football League 1969-1975 as a kicker, winning All-Pro while with the Los Angeles Rams in 1972. Beginning in 1970, Chapple started his professional career as an artist while playing in the National Football League with the Los Angeles Rams (All-Pro 1975). His retirement from football in 1975 enabled him to turn his attention full-time to his artistic pursuits. Chapple has won numerous stamp contests for conservation groups including Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited, Trout Unlimited and various state stamps for California, Kentucky, Utah and Idaho. He earned the Ducks Unlimited Golden Teal Award for raising over $3,000,000.00 nationally through the sale of and the Silver Teal Award for raising over $1,000,000.00 in California. His life-long passion for golf has translated into painting commissions for Jack Nicklaus, ABC Sports, Fred Couples, U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, tour events and various country clubs and golf courses around the country. Further extending his artistic talents into sculpture in the 1980's, Chapple created a diverse body of commission work for many corporations including Chiron Corporation, Dupont Center, Ameriflex Corporate Collection, among others, as well a life-size bronze for the Florence Griffith Joyner Memorial. Chapple has lived in Southern California for over 40 years. His love of the natural beauty of his native California and his appreciation of the Early California Impressionist landscape painters has inspired his most recent body of work.