About the Artists

Fine artists Larry & Lynne Charpliwy (center) are shown presenting one of Larry's original oil paintings of the historic Thomas Dodge House to Society President Chris Bain (right) and former President Fred Blumlein (left).



Impressionist landscape artist, Lawrence Chrapliwy was born in South Bend, Indiana on May 13, 1947.  He developed an early interest in art and nature, studying art throughout his school days, but is largely self-taught. His natural talent eventually gained him a career as an illustrator and graphic designer. The next phase of Lawrence's career was success in the advertising design field as an Art Director and Creative director. In 2007 Chrapliwy moved to Long Island with his wife, also an artist, and decided to pursue his passion for traditional oil painting. He has since developed a strong following of admirers and collectors, both locally and nationally. (see examples of his work below)

Following a course of self-directed studies, Chrapliwy obtained his training through classes at the Art Student League of New York and workshops with top plein air painters Kevin Macpherson, Kenn Backhaus, Xiang Jie, Peggy Kroll Roberts and selected readings. He continues along this course still, to further improve his skills and stay abreast of current trends in art today. He has been teaching plein air painting privately for the last five years and continues to do so.

In keeping with his personal discipline of daily painting, Lawrence joined the Central Park Plein Air Painters as an artist member and now, as an instructor.  The Central Park Plein Air Painters meet in good weather weekly and choose various locations in Central Park to paint from.  "Plein Air" paintings are works created while painting from life in the open air: the paintings require enormous discipline and skill to complete with ever changing light and weather conditions. 

Lawrence Chrapliwy is an associate member of The Oil Painters of America and The American Impressionist Society.

Teaching Method:

Six Visual Elements of painting consisting of shape, line, value, texture-pattern, color and edge.

Ten Visual Approaches to create a painting using one or a combination of approaches.


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