CHELSEA SEBASTIAN

On the upper floor of an old brick building in downtown Natick, MA, I paint with acrylics on canvas. Color and wonder saturate my work because I am continually inspired by New England's dramatic and moving light. My art relies on being fully present and paying close attention to the world around me. When I find myself in awe, I purposefully refocus and concentrate on my felt-sense of the scene. Then, when I return to the studio, I work to create a reflection of the place and my emotional response.

My process often begins by applying layers of vibrant under-paintings to create rich textures. When I work, I am filled with a sense of urgency and I often have a dancing conversation with a painting. As I build the images, I talk with shapes, light and shadows. I listen for the painting's needs. When there's no more to express, I find peace in knowing I have returned a point in time for others to witness.

I come from a long line of artists and am the daughter of accomplished painters. My parents' continued support and wise critiques of my work are invaluable. My goal is to give you a moment of pause and to stir a joyous place in your heart. I hope that my art becomes a source of pleasure for those who welcome it into their lives.

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