21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2018: Chelsea Herron


Chelsea Herron, I Shot an Arrow Into the Air, charcoal/white pastel, 13 x 13.

Chelsea Herron, I Shot an Arrow Into the Air, charcoal/white pastel, 13 x 13.

Art Education: I studied drawing and painting under the tutelage of Anthony Waichulis at Ani Art Academies in Bear Creek, PA.

Style: I gravitate toward realism because I love the challenge of bringing a two-dimensional surface to life. To me, being able to render the way light reacts with forms is as satisfying as solving a puzzle.

Creative Spark: I find inspiration from science fiction, nostalgia, and things of a whimsical nature.

Second-Choice Career: If I had to choose a career that did not involve art, I would want to be a zoologist. I have always been fascinated by animals.

Other Passions: Cooking and baking, baseball, traveling, and my cat Curtis.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I won an Easter Bunny drawing contest every year in elementary school.

Best Advice Received: Welcome mistakes. Every blunder is an opportunity to learn how to overcome it, and it will help you grow as an artist.

Biggest Fear: I put my full heart into all of my endeavors, which makes failure and rejection painfully scary.

Pet Peeve: I like to stay organized, especially when I am painting. If my work area is in disarray, it can put me in a bad mood.

Quirkiest Trait: I like to decorate my creative spaces with fun figurines and toys.

Favorite Studio Music: I listen to mostly podcasts while I paint. I love stories on mythology, folklore, and history. One of my favorites is the Myths and Legends podcast.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: Ilya Repin’s SADKO IN THE UNDERWATER KINGDOM.

Future Goals: I would like to teach art to all levels of aspiring artists.

Price Range: $300 to $2,000.

Representation: Lovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK; Rehs Contemporary Galleries, New York, NY.

This story was featured in the September 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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