Chelsie’s work explores the human connection, the story of life and love, through realism.
The process begins by capturing time, isolating the story hidden inside a second. The work deconstructs the moment, seeks to quietly understand it, and then gently maps the light cascading around each form.
I do not create art pieces to sell. I create them because I can and because I love doing it. Many people have said to me, "That piece speaks to me in a particular way. I would love to have this in my home". When they say that, I am happy to sell it because I know they will take from it all the joy and care I have put into it, that they will share it with their friends and family, and that something I have accomplished will live on for ages to come.
~ Beauty, like truth, exists. And we, as human beings, have an almost divine capacity to recognize it. Art, for me, is an expression in paint of what my heart feels when my eyes are opened to the vast and amazing splendor of creation. In spite of the myriad struggles and changes on the path of a career artist, this one unchanging fact remains: I paint because if I didn't, my heart might explode. When a kindred spirit is touched while viewing my painting and feels that same infilling, that same indescribable longing and appreciation for our marvelous world, I consider that work a success.
I am currently working on a show for September 2012 First Friday Art Walk at the OTC Art Department in the Gillioz Theatre Building. The show title is "Taking Flight". Creating colored pencil drawings is a slow and intentional process which lends itself to very tight and controlled representational artwork. In working on the drawings for Taking Flight, I have tried to push my boundaries with the medium and break out of that "pigeon hole". The result is a series of looser drawings that I cut out and rearranged, giving them a very sculptural quality.
Susan's thoughts: "Art has been a large part of my life since childhood. I strive to tell stories with my paintings that might touch your heart or make you ponder. Moments in time that might not be here tomorrow."
This quote says it for me so well: "What is art but a mold in which to imprison for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself—life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose." Willa Cather (1876-1947)