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Check Out Chelsea Niven’s Story

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

Hi Chelsea, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’ve been doing art since the very beginning. As soon as I could use my hands, I created. It’s something that has been engraved into me; it’s like breathing. It keeps me alive and ticking. For the longest time, I have just done it myself and never thought about doing it as a profession. I love to be able to put together colors and creations. It wasn’t until I had to enter an art competition for my Phoenix College course as a homework assignment that my perception changed. They host the Eric Fischl Art Competition every year and encourage art students to participate. Fortunately, it was a homework assignment, so I was “forced” to enter. As luck would have it, I won the Eric Fischl Vanguard Award. My whole world shifted. It gave me new confidence and opened my eyes to a new world of possibilities.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs, trial and error. For instance, I am just trying to determine the cost and value of my art. It’s a very fine line to walk. However, you learn to adjust and find a way to make things work. Every day I am still trying to understand the whole process better, how to feel confident in my actions, and how to navigate the art world in general. I don’t think it will ever be a smooth road, there are always things to learn, and the world is ever-changing; as an artist, you try to keep up with those changes.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a painter. My primary medium is acrylic, but I love pushing the boundaries and trying new techniques/mixed media. I never limit myself. I like to add depth to my pieces by attaching different items such as vinyl records, puffy paint, and my personal favorite: rhinestones. My work ranges from abstract to plants to portraits and much more. I often try to create a sense of harmony with colors, uplifting the viewer with a sense of belonging or connection. Sometimes I have an idea I want to make, and sometimes I just let my hands move across the canvas without any direction or concept. Just let me be a conduit and see what unravels.

Had we loved to hear about any fond memories you have from growing up?
This is a tough one, and there are plenty of good childhood memories. Some of my best memories are playing with my childhood friends and using our creative minds. One time in Elementary school, we all brought our Beanie Babies from Home to school and created a Beanie Baby wedding. Another favorite was when my friend and I found cows in my front yard. We decided to pull a Mary-Kate and Ashley detective adventure. We put together our detective supplies (magnify glass, notepad, rulers, pens, etc.) and ventured into the wilderness to figure out where the cows came from. We must have had pretty good detective skills because we found the gate they had crossed onto my parent’s property.

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  • Instagram: cofdreamsart

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