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Photo portrait of Terra Chapman

About the Artist

My whole life I’ve always been drawn to representational art, to the feel of the brush on the rough linen canvas, to the delightful detail work on a nearly finished painting, to the sweet smell of the oil paints.

I have a wide range of styles, mediums, and techniques that I enjoy.  I have a different approach to each artwork, based on how I feel and what I see in the subject.  This is a part of my artistic process that I truly love, the surprise.
Each time I make a painting or a drawing I get to watch the image creating itself and it feels like I wasn’t even the one who made it.  Each piece feels like it was brought from of somewhere else, like reaching blind into a dark box and pulling out something you were not expecting.

While I have variation in my styles and mediums, there are a few things I make a point to keep consistent.  In a my works I aim for a timeless feel.  I look for linkage between the past and the present, subjects that humans have connected to that have  always remained the same.  Subjects like an a mountain range in the evening light, a portrait of a girl,  a beautifully made stone building, the human figure, all of these things will never loose their connection to the human sensibility and these are the subjects I pursue and enjoy most to create.


Terra is an American painter based in Missoula, where she and her Italian husband and fellow artist, Maurilio Milone reside.

At seven years old, Terra took her first painting class.  She continued taking private lessons.  Each of Terra’s private teachers where important to her education and artistic growth: Sandy Prat, Javier Ramos, Margaret Meade, Dorthy Benson, and Dimitar Kruschev, and the Gallerist Shirley Medlin.

They all gave her a head start for when she finally entered the Academic setting.  At the age of 18 she went to study full time in Florence where she stayed for five and a half years. In Florence Terra attended three different academies, starting at the Angel Academy of Art, later graduated from the Painting Program at Florence Academy of Art, and also the Drawing Program at the Russian Academy of Art in Florence.

Terra works both as a painter and as a teacher. She enjoys sharing the world of painting and drawing with her students. She taught many private lessons and worked at the Barcelona Academy of Art as a teacher for three years.

She has shown in many galleries, including group shows, open studios, and solo exhibitions.
She had her first gallery showing when she was 13 years old at the Medlin Art Gallery in Leesburg, Virginia.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Exhibitions (* solo shows)


  • OZ Galleria d’Arte, Catania, Italy. Dual show


  • Russian Academy of Art, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, Italy, Group Show.


  • Barcelona Academy of Art Exhibition, MEAM, Barcelona, Spain, Group Show
  • Barcelona Academy of Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, Group Show


  • Medlin Art Gallery, Leesburg, Virginia, USA, Solo Show
  • Barcelona Academy of Art Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, Group Show


  • Medlin Art Gallery, Leesburg, Virginia, USA, Solo Show


  • Old House Vineyards, Culpepper, Virginia, USA, Solo Show
  • ANNIGONI’S LEGACY, Villa Bardini, Florence, Italy, Group Show
  • IN THE SHADOWS OF GIANTS, Art Space Herndon, Virginia, USA, Trio Show


  • Open Studio Exhibition of Drawings and Paintings, Herndon, Virginia, USA, Solo Show
  • PAINTING&BEYOND, USGS Center, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, Group Show.


  • Southwest Artist Magazine, “21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2013”, 2013.
  • American Artist Drawing Magazine Spring / Summer issue, 2012.
  • American Artist Drawing magazine Summer Issue, Cover Competition, “Mrs. Moncrief After Henry Raeburn”, 2011.
  • American Artist Drawing Magazine Summer Issue, “Giulio”, 2010.
  • Elan Magazine, “Rising Star”, Jan. 2010.

Awards & Honors

  • Scholarship to Hudson River Valley Fellowship via Grand Central Academy, 2013
  • Second Prize. ARC Monetary Scholarship, The Art Renewal Center, Port Reading, NJ. Juried by Fred Ross and Dr. Vern Swanson, 2011.
  • First Prize. ARC Monetary Scholarship, The Art Renewal Center, Port Reading, NJ. Juried by Patricia Watwood, Peter Trippi, Fred Ross, 2010.
  • Honorable Mention. Utrecht Art Supplies Competition, 2011. Juried by Nelson Shanks, “American Artist” Editors and Utrecht Art Supplies Resident Artist.
  • First Prize. Figurative Expo at Infinity Art Gallery, 2011. Juried by Alberto Piedra Fernández, Marcella Gillenwater, Edward L. Rubin.
  • Honorable Mention. Expressions Portrait Competition, Art Space Herndon, 2009.
  • Best of Show. PAINT&BEYOND, League of Reston Artists, 2009.
  • Scholarship. League of Reston Artists, 2008.
  • Honorable Mention. TEEN EXHIBITION, Vienna Art Society, 2005.


  • Basics of Classical Figure Drawing, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Fall 2017.
  • Ecorchée Course, La Salle-Universidad Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain, Fall 2016.
  • Figure Painting Workshop Instructor, Barcelona Academy of Art, Barcelona,
    Spain, Summer 2015.
  • Ecorchée Instructor, Barcelona Academy of Art, Barcelona, Spain, 2014-2015.
  • Painting & Drawing Instructor, Barcelona Academy of Art, Barcelona, Spain, 2013-2016.
  • Anatomy Instructor, Barcelona Academy of Art, Barcelona, Spain, 2013-2016.
  • Still Life Painting Workshop, with Maurilio Giacomo Milone, House of Random Precision, Catania, Italy, Summer 2014.
  • Private Tutoring, 2012-2016.
  • Student Teacher, Angel Academy, Florence, Italy, 2009-2010.
  • Portrait Workshop, Ajijic, Mexico, 2009.


  • Portrait Drawing Workshop, Vilborg, Switzerland, under Sergey Chubirko, 2014.
  • Russian Academy of Art, under Aleksey Bakhtin and Sergey Trepak, Florence, Italy, 2012-13.
  • Anatomical Course, Ecorchée, under Jason Sullivan, Grand Central Academy of Art, New York, 2012.
  • Florence Academy of Art, graduated under Daniel Graves, Florence, Italy 2010-2011.
  • Angel Academy of Art, graduated under John Michael Angel, Florence, Italy, 2008-2010.