Chapin Art Trail
A Community Art Project
Photographic Models: Travis Nichols and Esmerelda Nichols, Chapin natives
My concept for this image is very simple: two young siblings in period clothes, peering up at the warm sunlight through the boughs of a pine tree. The overall impact will be one of wonder and inspiration, as well as peacefulness in nature. I was inspired by the story of Martin Chapin, Chapin’s founder. In the 1800’s, upon the advice of his doctor, Chapin moved from New York to the pine woods to improve the health of his lungs. Mr. Chapin did this and prospered, eventually going into the lumber business.
I am visual artist, focusing on fine art portrait photography. Hallmarks of my work are richness and whimsy. My photographs are often mistaken at first for paintings, due to their tones, texture and aura. I incorporate sometimes humble, sometimes fantastical themes, wardrobe and props. In my works I seek to capture a moment in time, revealing an intimate aspect of the subject. I want people to feel something familiar when they see my portraits. I portray themes of quiet strength. The images have a peaceful calmness to them.
About the Artwork
"Forest Sojourn" is a 4 foot tall artistic trail marker with a flat top. The metal form was created by Steven Reed and Shelly Fugua. The artistry on the marker was done by Kimberly Case.
Installed September 2021
About the Artist
In 2018, my portrait creation “Girl with Sword” won Best of Show in the professional category of the SC State Fair, notably being the first and only photograph to ever take that prize in the 150 years of the fair. A recent series I created is my 'Homespun' series, showing children and young adults in rustic and wholesome tableaux. Captured in mundane tasks, the subjects are graced with strength and dignity. In 2020, my series In the Time of COVID was selected for display at The Koger Center for the Arts, the winner of their “1593 Project” call for art. This exhibition ran April 5-August 13, 2021. Kimberly is lead photographer with Studio 3P, LLC in Irmo, SC.