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Thursday, December 5, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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That’s no turret: Artist offers a different take on The Spokesman-Review building

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Travis Chapman is used to seeing things from a different point of view. Literally.

He runs a successful roofing company. That means his office is a daily-changing landscape from all sorts of different elevations, giving the self-taught artist a different perspective on the region.

When he’s not up in the air, he’s painting. A few years ago, he began working on a series of Spokane-themed paintings. They were filled with the unexpected.

“I wanted to put a different twist on those iconic landmarks,” he said.

And that’s how he ended up with a painting of The Spokesman-Review’s turret taking off as a rocket. The image is featured on the front page of today’s newspaper, alongside a story of Spokane astronaut Anne McClain.

“Growing up, I used to look up at that building every Sunday as we drove back from Grandma’s home,” he said. “We’d cross over the Monroe Street Bridge as we made our way back to the Valley, and I’d look up at that tower and wonder what it was like to be up there.”

Chapman got the chance when Spokesman-Review publisher Stacey Cowles bought his painting of the newspaper building launching into space.

He’s still painting, and you can see his latest work by visiting his store on

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