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About Me

Chelsea Smith was born in Casselberry Florida in 1992 and grew up living between Casselberry Florida and the odd summer in Nottingham England. She graduated Lake Howell High School in Winter Park Florida as the recipient of the Dora Lee Russell Scholarship for Fine Arts. She graduated the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Hyper-realist artist Jeff Eckert has been noted as the single greatest mentor to Chelsea’s development as a working professional artist.

In her own words:

 “I think of my own art as a reflection of the world around me, but I have also attempted to realize art as a reflection of who I am in the world in this moment in time.

 “As for my technique and inspiration, I begin a piece by taking most of my inspirations from animals, nature, fantasy, and mythology which have always been a major love and inspiration of mine. I am fond of traditional media and classical styles of the Dutch masters, such as Albrecht Durer; which is also why I work in one of the oldest mediums Printmaking. I now almost strictly work in Etchings in the Printmaking medium since falling in love with the process in 2013.

My current ongoing series is inspired by my first generation Irish and English heritage as an exploration of Celtic folklore and mythology. This was an age where the actual and the fantastic coexisted within the daily lives of folks in a very real and tangible way. My works attempt to isolate each image to reinforce the essence of the symbology represented, which is a approached used to great effect by Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt before me.

 I am vibrantly excited with my new series capturing the Sacred Feminine through the use of artistic vanitas – objects symbolic of the inevitability of death and the transience and vanity of earthly achievements and pleasures. Simply being a woman artist and leveraging female images within vanitas is my personal statement to challenge classical art’s definition of “true vanitas” with a modern new approach.

You will typically find me within the Southeastern Art Festival circuit showing my recent artwork at the various shows and I am expanding into the larger national shows as I find the direct intersection of the art with the public one of life’s great pleasures. I see myself again in every young artist coming out to enjoy the fine art festivals.

Next I am focusing on selecting a small number of galleries to display my Celtic and Sacred Feminine series works in tandem with participating within larger national fine arts festivals along the eastern seaboard. The gist here is that I enjoy the direct interaction with those fine folks that appreciate my works enough obtain one of their own, which is in contrast to the growing trend of internet art selling.”

Chelsea has been garnering prestigious Fine Art accolades within the National Fine Arts Festival Judging. Here are a sample of National Level Fine Art Awards that have been bestowed on this fine young artist – Poster Artist for the 2017 Mount Dora Arts Festival, Merit Award Mayfair Art Fest Lakeland 2016, Judges Choice Winter Haven Central Park Art Festival 2016, First Place in Fine Arts within 2015 Longwood Arts & Crafts Festival, Merit winner 2015 Winter Springs ArtOberFest, selected for judging 2015 Winter Park Autumn Art Festival. 

The Orlando Sentinel newspaper first featured Chelsea as a 12 year old artistic protégé and followed up a decade later with a special print art feature covering the life, development, and coming of age of a truly gifted fine art talent.

Oprah Winfrey’s TV show special “Where are they Now” episode with musician Adam Ant featured Chelsea’s artwork prominently displayed throughout the interview.

There is also a growing list of celebrity patrons that have obtained Chelsea’s fine art pieces. President Obama, Artist Peter Max, Actors: John Cusack, Billie Piper, Dichen Lachman, Musicians: Duran Duran -Simon Le Bon, Joh Taylor, Nick Rhoades, Adam Ant, Rob Thomas – Matchbox 20, John Rzeznik, Robby Takac -The Goo Goo Dolls, Johnny Marr- The Smiths.

 

I was the featured artist within an Orlando Sentinel Art Calendar Section by Fine Art Columnist Matthew J. Palm, who is an exceptional benefactor to the Central Florida Art community!

 

 

The single most important artistic influence throughout my life has been my long time friend and mentor Hyper-Realist Artist Jeff Eckert <Please see his art here>. I first met Jeff as a 12 year old when I was with my dad at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival and he was the finest artist at this show. He noticed I had a sketchbook, which I took everywhere, and he asked to see my art. He offered me advice and told me to come back each year so he could see how I improved.

A dream of mine became a reality when I was accepted into a nationally rated major Art Festival along side my dear friend and mentor Jeff Eckert and I actually won my first Judge’s Award!

I am forever grateful to this kind and giving soul – love you Jeff !

 

As for my technique and inspiration, I begin a piece by taking most of my inspirations from animals, nature, fantasy, and mythology which have always been a major love and inspiration of mine. I am fond of traditional media and classical styles of the Dutch masters, such as Albrecht Durer; which is also why I work in one of the oldest mediums Printmaking. I now almost strictly work in Etchings in the Printmaking medium since falling in love with the process in 2013.

My current ongoing series is inspired by my first generation Irish and English heritages as an exploration of Celtic folklore and mythology As for other mediums, I also dabble in drawing, painting, Illustration and graphic design as well as fine art.

For now, I look straight ahead with my head held high, and etching needle in hand, wondering where it will lead me next.

 

Kind Regards,

Chelsea Smith

 

 

Hope to see you all at my next art show!

  • Such a Stunning Print!!! Detail and Dimension, Chelsea's Work is Amazing!! ...I will Treasure these...Fantastic ETSY Artist! Thank you!!

    Lora Glazer
  • Artio is hanging right next to Cernunnos , Another Stunning Print!! Many Thanks...One of the best Artist out there, and a Favorite ETSY store...Thank you!! :)

    Lora Glazer
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