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Conversations with the Inspiring Chelsea Hart

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chelsea Hart.

Chelsea, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I can’t remember a time in my life I haven’t felt the need to create. Art has just always been a part of who I am, creating is ingrained in my soul. Even when I was very young, my favorite class in school was art, and after school, you could find me drawing, painting, collaging, doing just about anything that involved me using my hands and being artistic.

I’m inspired by so many things. Simply venturing out into the world with an open mind and being present inspires me… traveling, eating and drinking, having meaningful conversations, fellow creatives, walks outside, books, podcasts, you name it, it probably inspires me.

Because I have been creating for so long, and find inspiration in so many things, my work has evolved a lot over the years, and it doesn’t stop evolving. I have so many ideas I want to make a reality, and what feels like never enough time to do so.

I’ve gotten to where I am today by being confident in myself and showing others who I truly am. Taking chances and being okay when something doesn’t work out as planned. Trying new things, experimenting, failing and then trying again. The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far as an artist and an individual is how important it is to show up as my real self.

Has it been a smooth road?
My biggest piece of advice is don’t try to please everyone. Find what lights you up, and the people you want to attract will find you.

I remember when I moved to Denver, and almost immediately I began to create mountain paintings. Yes, the mountains were beautiful and inspired me a bit, but mostly I did this because I thought others would like it and paintings of mountains would sell. In the middle of one of these paintings, I had the thought… “I don’t want to paint the mountains. Why am I doing this?” I instantly switched gears and found a new subject matter to paint, something that I actually wanted to paint, that brought me joy. When I looked at the mountain paintings next to my new work, I could see so much more life in the new paintings. The new work felt like me, the mountain paintings did not.

Don’t be afraid to do what feels right to you. Not everyone is going to understand what you’re doing, or even like it. It took me a long time to be okay with this idea. I feel like I am finally at a place now, where the work I create is mine and truly shows my personality. I’m okay when people don’t love my work. I am not here to please everyone.

Please tell us more about what you do, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Right now, my main focus has been creating abstract acrylic paintings. I love the freedom I have when painting abstractly. There are so many different ways an abstract painting can go, and probably even more interpretations for a viewer. While I love painting abstractly right now, what sets me apart from others is my ability to pivot. I don’t lock myself into a box of doing something one particular way. I let myself explore lots of different subject matter and am not afraid to try new things. If next week I decided to paint portraits, I will try it out, and do it full force.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
The site, “To Be Magnetic” https://tobemagnetic.com/ has tons great content on manifesting, your subconscious, being your true authentic self, and so much more. They have an accompanying podcast “The Expanded Podcast” which is also amazing.

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