One of the great thrills we artists have is in discovering the work of another. Though I shouldn’t use the work “discover” in connection with Utah-based painter Chelsea James. I’m sure her work was on a few people’s radar before I knew about it.
This happened while I was assembling a power point presentation of contemporary art to share with my students, and I responded to her work immediately. This is the kind of painting that makes a powerful impression without trying to impress. It’s fresh, sincere and full of surprises: