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Liz Chappie Zoller is a contemporary artist whose Iron Horse paintings are Street Art meets the American West: high-energy working horses embellished with urban-based graffiti.


Her Montana landscape includes both generations-old rural/agricultural traditions and the contemporary urban freight train graffiti “benched” in sight of her Three Forks, MT studio. These subjects are combined to create her Iron Horse paintings, an exploration of the overlapping edges of our diverse cultures.

An award-winning artist, Liz was honored at the Trail of Painted Ponies National Competition “The Native Art of Horse Painting” when her entry,Cheyenne Painted Rawhide," won the prestigious Southwest Magazine Best of Show and Award of Excellence. Career experience includes technical and medical illustration, freelance and commercial art. Liz taught Interior Design at MSU Gallatin College for just shy of ten years, and, as a Certified MAP Coach and Certified MAP Artist, she has coached close to 50 artists in the past 5 years for the Montana Arts Council’s Montana Artrepreneur Program, a business development course for visual artists.

Her art education includes a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art and Architecture, workshops with landscape artist Frank Serrano, Native American artist Kevin Red Star, landscape artist Greg Scheibel, wildlife artist Shannon Troxler, and an internship with Native American artist DG House.

Chappie Zoller is an Officier Académicienne at Mondial Art Academie in Aimargues, France, a member of the American Association of Equine Art, and an Associate member of Oil Painters of America (OPA) and American Women Artists (AWA).  Her work is shown at Toucan Gallery in Billings, MT and online at, and is available online at and





My art explores the unexpected but overlapping edges of diverse cultures, each with common values of loyalty, courage, tenacity, skill, and respect for tradition. Inspiration comes from my rural Western American landscape of working horses and the urban graffiti on freight trains as they pass through the remote Missouri River valley of my Montana home. Each painting is a call to action, a reminder that we each have the power to choose, as individuals as well as collectively in our communities, to actively turn any adversity into advantage, to see diversity as strength, and to stay curious and collaborative.


Native Runners, my current series, are images of racehorses from the Pacific Northwest sport of Indian Relay, which honors the tradition of the warrior brave, that are overlaid on patterns inspired by historic traditional Navajo weavings from the late 1880s and early 1900s. These passionate, fearless Indian ponies are embellished with traditional war paint symbols of bravery and conquest, and the calligraffiti tag PEARL references the motivational quote “No Grit, No Pearl”.


The purpose of my art is to invite viewers to discover the unexpected intersections of common values and goals. Because our stories are rarely what they appear to be on the surface, by honoring our art and stories, we build beautiful and functional bridges that serve to connect us.


After all, “No Grit, No Pearl”, right? 







Best of Show: Mixed Media, Encaustic, Mosaic Category | Urban Artist Market – Dallas TX





“Cloudmaker” (novel) by Malcolm Brooks Cover Art | Grove Atlantic Publishing – New York City NY





Light Space Time Online Gallery 2nd Annual 555 Exhibition Special Merit Category for Excellence Award


Light Space Time Online Gallery 2nd Annual 555 Exhibition Special Recognition Category for Excellence Award 





Light Space Time Online Gallery 555 Exhibition Special Merit Category for Excellence Award





Red Ants Pants Music Festival Artist First Runner-up Award — White Sulphur Springs, MT





Emerging Artist Booth Award, 65th Annual Art Fair Jackson Hole Juried Competition Jackson, WY


WaterWorks Art Museum 36th Annual National Juried Exhibit: All Media Traveling Collection Miles City, MT


WaterWorks Art Museum 36th Annual National Juried Exhibit, Richeson Award/Honorable Mention Miles City, MT 





National Pronghorn Antelope Museum Public Sculpture Finalist Artist, Sculpture selected for Permanent Display at the Rawlins City Hall - Rawlins, WY





Emerson Cultural Center Historic Theater Chair Benefit Auction Artist (Top Bid Artist) - Bozeman, MT    





Southwest Art Magazine Award of Excellence and Best of Show in The Trail of Painted Ponies “The Native Art of Horse Painting” National Competition - Scottsdale, AZ 





The Emerson Cultural Center's Christmas Stroll Poster Artist - Bozeman, MT     







Best of Show: Mixed Media, Encaustic, Mosaic Category | Urban Artist Market – Dallas TX


Merged II: d'Art's Second National Exhibition of Collage and Assemblage (Juried) | d’Art Center – Norfolk VA


YAM 53rd Annual Art Auction (Juried) | Yellowstone Art Museum – Billings MT





The Second Half (Juried) | Las Laguna Art Gallery – Los Angeles CA


Silent Auction benefitting the Billings Clinic | Billings Clinic Foundation – Billings MT





January Show (Juried) | Jones Art Gallery – Kansas City MO


Blue National Art Exhibition (Juried) | Webster Arts Center — St. Louis MO


Lyrical Muse Exhibition (Juried) | Artless Bastard Gallery – West De Pere WI


One-person Sip&SLAM Art Show (Invitational) | Map Brewing Company — Bozeman MT


One-person Art Show (Invitational) | Outlaw Brewing Company — Bozeman MT 





Parsing Sign and Image Show (Juried) | Art League Rhode Island – Providence, RI


Black White Metallic Exhibition (Juried) | Artless Bastard Gallery – West De Pere, WI


Cultural Diversity Show (Juried) | Art at the Center – Overland Park, KS


Bozeman Creates Exhibition (Juried) | Waterworks Art Museum – Miles City, MT


Farm to Table Show (Juried) | Moss Mansion – Billings, MT


555 Exhibition | Light Space and Time Online Art Gallery | Special Merit Category for Excellence Award 







Bachelor of Fine Art | University of Cincinnati College of Art, Architecture and Design — Cincinnati OH