2018 Interview for Local Light Solo Exhibit
Four generations of painters in Chelsea's family influence and inspire her. Most importantly, her parents, who met in art school, instilled a sense of thoughtful creativity as the centerpiece of her life.
Chelsea's father encourages her to express notions of love and choreograph meaningful messages in her work and 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's great-great grandfather.
While her artistic instincts are naturally rooted in her heritage, she paints for the creative engagement she feels with each canvas. 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 Planning from the University of Washington. She lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
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