“Hi I’m Chelsea Green. I’m a 26-year-old Multi-media artist in Atlanta.
Currently studying painting with a printmaking minor at Savannah College of Art and Design. I create for myself. I create as a release, and if someone else feels that release, then I’ve done my job.”
Hi, Chelsea! Tell us a few words about yourself. When did you begin doing art and how did you get started? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Chelsea: Well, I’m 26, I’m a painting Major at SCAD: Savannah College of Art and Design, I live in Atlanta, and I’ve been a creative for over a decade now. However, when I was little I wanted to be an Archeologist. Which, I still find incredibly interesting.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.
Chelsea: My art is very expressive and abstract, I like to experiment in a lot of different mediums. I draw a lot of inspiration from ancient Greek and Roman art as well as classic cubist Artists like Picasso and Matisse. My favorite mediums to work with are acrylic ink and gouache.
What is the best part about creating art using various art supplies and found objects?
Chelsea: I think probably, forcing yourself to think creatively, and then that sparks an idea and you run with it. Not to mention, it’s way cheaper!
How do you keep your ideas fresh?
Chelsea: That’s a hard question, I have quite a lot of ideas at once. So most of the time it’s deciding on what to create next. But, there are tons of resources out there like daily prompts, just to get your creative juices going!
What is a day of working like in your studio? Do you have any rituals that help you get motivated or in “the zone”?
Chelsea: Ha! I’m a full-time student and I try with any extra time I might have to create. So, I currently have just chaos going on in my studio. But really, just turning on an audiobook or podcast, and letting myself let go of stress, is what puts me in the zone.
What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?
Chelsea: As many artists would agree, is a fresh blank canvas. Sometimes I have a clear idea of what I want, but most of the time, I just kind of get started and what happens happens.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Chelsea: For right now, my instagram account @harshdoodle. I sell prints and paintings directly from there. I’m currently working on launching my website where all available pieces can be purchased. The link will be posted on my Instagram soon!
What’s the coolest art tip you’ve ever received?
Chelsea: “Make art that you either love or you hate, either way it has passion”
You say you create as a release. Is there a message you are trying to give with your art?
Chelsea: I’m sure there is a personal message I’m getting out with my art. However, I think art is for the most part, subjective. So, if someone takes something from my work, whether it’s what I was feeling or not, I’m happy. As long as emotes.
What advice would you give to upcoming artists, how to think out-of-the-box and grow?
Chelsea: I still consider myself an upcoming artist, so I’m not so sure. However, what I have learned, is to not try and follow the trends. Find your own style. Play around with different mediums, what sparks joy? Why create if you aren’t happy doing so? Also, let go of all of the self-doubt. I feel like I make the my best art while confident and knowing that this art is for me not the viewer.
What’s next on the horizon for Chelsea?
Chelsea: Well, I’m currently studying for my BFA in painting with a printmaking minor at SCAD. I plan to return to SCAD to receive my Masters in Art History and Museum Studies. I’d love to be a curator or something along that nature while still painting.