Meet the Artists at Domain
Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host a reception showcasing the work of a popular Gulfport painter and a young author during its next “Meet the Artists” event on Saturday, November 16th, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Michael Chapman will be on hand to show and discuss his watercolor paintings and drawings, and 15-year-old Emerald Mancini, author of the recently published “Tata and Me” (2013, Trace Taylor Publishing), will also appear during the event to discuss and sign her book. “Meet the Artists” will take place at “& Gallery” (3129 Beach Boulevard S. in Gulfport). Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be offered.
Born and raised in Kansas, local artist Michael Chapman moved to Florida in 2009 and relocated to Gulfport last year. He is a life-long, self-trained artist, though he took inspiration from his childhood experience of painting alongside his grandmother, also a watercolorist. His first art show was at the age of five.
Watercolor in bright and colorful hues is Chapman’s predominant medium, though he also occasionally works with acrylics as well as pen and ink. He uses a layering effect with the watercolors, adding or replacing colors in the work as he goes along. From landscapes and scenes of nature to dreamscapes and fantasy, Chapman describes his paintings as coming “from my very soul,” or from “dreams and visions.” Some are whimsical, including his series of peafowl and pigs in the guise of human female characters. Other works have darker emotional tones. “I have an unending supply of paintings that I see already finished in my mind,” says Chapman. “I know I will never get them all out on canvas.” A prolific painter, Chapman often produces as many as two or three paintings per week. His work has been widely collected in the U.S. and Europe.
Emerald Mancini has been writing since early childhood. Now in ninth grade, she loves to write short stories and poetry. Since sixth grade, she has been home-schooled, allowing more time for her writing. During her eighth grade year, she was a participant in the first annual Gulfport Youth Book Writing Workshop Series and Contest. The manuscript she entered for the contest, “Tata and Me,” was chosen winner in the 7th – 12th grade category. “Tata and Me” is a children’s read-aloud book about the relationship between Emerald and her grandfather, as well as his telling of Scandinavian folktales. All the artwork for the book was done by her grandfather, Al Carson. Emerald notes some of her favorite authors as Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain and Roald Dahl. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and spending time with her dog, Ava. She plans to have a lifelong career as a writer.