Chapel was born in 1948 in Glenwood
Springs, Colorado, and raised in Grand Junction. He attended
Mesa College on an art scholarship, then continued his education
in metal smithing (specializing in jewelry) at Colorado State
At the age of 22, he moved to
Denver where his jewelry-making flourished, and Chapel's creations
quickly grew into full-fledged sculptures. Through the support
of a sponsor, he created a series of 40 cast bronze sculptures
which were exhibited in a one-man show at the Saks Gallery
in Denver; the beginning of many successful shows in Chapel's
career. With the desire to learn more about his craft, he
took a slight tangent in his path and became Vice President
of Quest Foundry, Inc. This three-year immersion in the craft
of sculpture, combined with over 35 realistic commissions,
resulted in Chapel's distinctive style today.
In December 1984, Chapel was
invited to lecture on his sculpture and casting technique
at universities in three different cities in the People's
Republic of China. He has subsequently participated in several
multi-city museum tours, sponsored by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson
Art Museum, one of which went to Beijing, China. In May, 1987,
Chapel received a commission to do a life size sculpture for
the Loveland Civic Center Plaza. TWIST OF FATE, is a sixteen
foot high bronze, stainless steel, and concrete sculpture
which summarizes the human life cycle. The sculpture was installed
in August, 1988.
In 1990 Chapel married Vanessa
and they moved to the Chesapeake Bay to begin training for
a world-wide sailing adventure. Inherent in this move was
also the opportunity to further study and interpret the people
and wildlife living at the edge of land and sea.
After two years on the Chesapeake,
the two of them decided they were more at home in the West.
In July, 1992 they were offered the opportunity to live on
a 330 acre ranch in Northern California, so they packed up
and moved back across the entire country. Chapel moved away
from birds and figures for a while, and created several major
animal sculptures combining bronze and stainless steel. In
the summer of 1995 they moved to the San Francisco Bay area
to enable Vanessa to complete her Doctorate. In September
of 1996, HARVEST MOON, a sculpture of two life-sized Timber
Wolves, was installed at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.
In 1998, THE NEST, a seventeen-foot sculpture of an eagle's
nest coalescing out of thin air, was commissioned by the town
of Breckenridge, Colorado, and installed in June of 2000.
Chapel's work can be found in
many corporate and private collections around the world, and
his work currently shows at Breckenridge Galleries, the Knox
Galleries in Vail and Beaver Creek, Gallery Americana in Carmel,
CA, Columbine Gallery in Loveland, CO, and several more in
the US and Canada.