Five generations of painters in Chelsea's family influence and inspire her, most importantly, her parents, who met while attending art school. Chelsea's father encourages her to express notions of love and choreograph meaningful messages in her work. She credits her mother for teaching her to embrace bold colors and manipulate their psychological properties.
The New England painter Frederick Nelson Atwood, whose "Battleship Maine" (1895) resides in the National Museum of the United States Navy in Washington D.C., was Chelsea Sebastian's great-great grandfather. Her artistic instincts are naturally rooted in her heritage and she paints for the creative engagement she feels with every canvas.
Her community and family, travel and the flower arrangements that fill her home are all present in Chelsea's acrylic paintings. As an artist, she strives to offer others a joyous moment of pause.
Chelsea holds a Master of International Studies from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Community and Environmental Design from the University of Washington. She lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.