Liz Chappie Zoller's contemporary equine paintings, a combination of working horses and freight car graffiti called 'Iron Horses', are directly inspired by her Montana landscape. Their purpose is to explore the overlapping edges and values of diverse cultures, and to look more deeply for connections that are not always easily visible or readily apparent.
In the agriculture-based American West and the historically urban-based graffiti culture, Chappie-Zoller 's art honors the skill, loyalty, and courage found in the best working horses and graf writers. All horse images are sourced from actual working horses; their PEARL ‘tag’ references the studio tagline ‘More Grit, More Pearl’ (a ‘No Grit, No Pearl’ riff), inviting the viewer to turn adversity (GRIT) into advantage (PEARL).
Her current series of racehorses is inspired by the modern-day warrior culture of the Pacific Northwest sport of Indian Relay Racing.
Please enjoy this interview with Bozeman's S.L.A.M. (Support Local Artists and Musicians) Board Member Bryant Sterczala, in which we discuss the inspiration and process behind two recent works.