My name is Chelsea. I live and work in Vancouver B.C. I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and also studied drawing and printmaking at the University of Central Lancashire in the U.K.
During my time at the school I co-founded the University’s fine arts collective, the Surreyalists. For my contribution to the (then) Humanities department through my work with the Surreyalists I received the Kwantlen Student Association Humanities Endowed Award. I also helped co-found the University’s premier arts and literary magazine, Pulp Mag, where I held the position of Arts Editor.
In my final year of studies, I was awarded the Linda Schwartz Endowed Award and Diane Elizabeth Howell Award for fine and performing arts by the Fine Arts Department.
For 5 years I was finding drawing and printmaking to be my media of choice, until my final year of university when I decided I really should try picking up a paintbrush before finishing art school. From there on I was hooked.
I like painting about the relationship between animals and humans. The psychology around trophy hunting, animal collecting and human instinct are all embedded in my work. On a less academic note, with painting animals comes the, well, ability to paint animals- so heck, sometimes I just paint a dog to paint a dog. (Usually someone else’s dog)
The manual act of putting colour on support combined with the unpredictability of a well moistened paintbrush excites me every time I pick up a brush. There are few things that excite me more than a large white canvas.
Update: Add a fresh bag of clay to that list of things that excite me. Pottery is relatively new to me, but is something I’ve recently fallen in love with. Cheers to exploring a new medium!