1964 Born to artists Nancy Chappell and Walter Chappell in Big Sur, California.

1964 - 1982

Formative years spent in rural settings in California and New Mexico. Many impressions absorbed from: parents work in the 
studio, time among the vegetable garden, staying with Taos Pueblo friends, among parents dinner parties and social events with myriad artists, poets, writers, musicians, dancers, film makers and eccentrics. Much time among hot springs, rivers, the forest and the sea.


After a 3 month sojourn in the Colorado Rockies and time with father in New Mexico, began intensive study of photography at Santa Rosa Junior College under John Le Baron.

Traveled to Southwest for printmaking apprenticeship with father. He introduced me to a whole school of 20th century photography including the work of Strand, Stieglitz, Adams, Weston, White, Cunningham, Caponigro and others.  Fieldtrips made to: Plaza Blanca, Abique Mosque, Bandelier Ntl. Monument, Taos and Santa Fe architectural studies.  Visits to the studios of sculptor Tony Price, Painter Paul Shapiro, Painter David Barbero, Photographer Paul Caponigro. Began intensive study and work on the Northern California landscape and the Salt Point series.  Three images selected for major group show at Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery, “50 years of Sonoma County Photography”. 

Solo Show premiering “The Salt Point Portfolio” at the Bodega Landmark Gallery, Bodega, CA.  Began friendship and professional relationship with gallery owner Lorenzo De Santis continuing to exhibit and sell work through his gallery to present day.

Solo Show “ The Intimate Landscape”  Bodega Landmark Gallery, Bodega, CA.


Awarded “Kelly Scholarship for Art”  Santa Rosa Junior College.
Began art studies at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.

Solo Show “Northern California Landscapes and Details” Bodega Landmark Gallery. 

Solo Show “ The Sonoma Coast”  Student Union Art Gallery, Sonoma State University.  Awarded “ Bolles Scholarship for Art” Sonoma State University.

B.A. Art, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

“Award of Excellence” from juried show “Vision Sonoma” at California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA. 
Two Person Show “Silver, Gold, Platinum”  Chappell and Ingalls at the Bodega Landmark Gallery.

Two Person Show “Black and White Photography by Chappell and Youngblood”
at California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA. 
Accepted position as Advisory Board Member for ROP Photography program,

Ukiah High School, Ukiah, CA 1994 to 2004.

Began Photographic series “Les Fleurs Passionnees” the impassioned flowers.
Formed friendship with poet/photographer Robert Kurtzfeld and painter Lorri Kurzfeld both instrumental in photographic reawakening.

Show “Selected Works by Chappell, Ingalls, Le Baron” at Bodega Landmark Gallery.

Solo Show “ A 10 Year Survey” over 50 pieces on exhibition at the Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa, CA

1998 – 2000
Began working with Polaroid SX-70 manipulations after meeting Mendocino coast artist Joan Emm. Made photographic trip to big Island of Hawaii, Sojourn to Southwest.  Guided an 18’ raft for 280 miles photographing the Colorado River Grand Canyon.  Photographic journey through Mono lake, Nevada, Northern Arizona, Monument Valley, Chama River, Abiquiu, Plaza Blanca, Arches Natl. Park.  Final visit with my father in El Rito, NM before his death in August 2000.

Began study and usage of digital technologies.


Began documentation / catalogue project of Walter Chappell Estate and finalized project in 2003.

Three Person Show “Salmon Creek Moon and other Work”  Chappell, Ingalls, De Santis
at Bodega Landmark Gallery,
Bodega, CA.

2003 – 2010
Lived and worked in “off the grid” studio on our 40 acre ranch in rural Mendocino County, CA.  Once again, among the streams, rivers, forests and mountains.

Solo Show  “20/20 retrospective – Aryan Chappell 20 years 20 photographs”
Bodega Landmark Gallery.

Group show  “Through The Lens: Creating Santa Fe”, Governor’s Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

 B+W Magazine, spotlight feature article and images. 
Concurrent exhibit at the Willits Center for the Arts, Willits, CA.

2005 – 2011 
Teacher of Waldorf Education at the Waldorf School of Mendocino County.

2011 – present
Director of the Aryan Chappell Studio - photographic arts.
Director of the Walter Chappell Archive, a Trust dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the life’s work of artist Walter Chappell (1925 – 2000).

Continue development of the personal photographic project “Embracing the Sacred”.

Photographic journey to Tuscan countryside and Italian cities of Venice, Florence, Modena, Rome and Mediterranean Ilse of Argentario.



Group Show  "The Optical", Blue Sky Gallery, Portland Oregon. Juried By Allan Chasanoff.

Group Show "The Landscape" , Sonoma West Medical Center,
Curator: Greer Upton.

Retrospective "A Creative Stream - 30 years of Photography"
Sonoma State University Library Gallery/