Abstract painting

A local artist uses abstract painting to reinvent astrological signs

There has never been a time when the abstract artist, Chelsea Hart, did not feel the need to create. Although born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she has traveled across the states and around the world. Her love for art first brought her to Western Kentucky University to pursue a degree in visual studies, and after many trips to Denver, she knew this city would be her home. Hart has ventured to Spain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Iceland, Mexico, Italy, Belize, Ecuador and the list goes on – drawing inspiration from the world around her , whether from a memorable meal, local creators or people. that just give off good vibes.

Creativity is embedded in Hart’s soul – she bottles up a whiff of inspiration and explodes her ideas onto the canvas. She paints what makes her happy and hopes to invoke the same happiness when others see her work.. Hart has had an affinity for astrology since high school, so his current series explores the different star signs through different colors and brushstrokes.. 303 Magazine had the chance to learn more about Hart, his artwork and future plans.

Charger 303: What sparked your love for art?

Chelsea Hart: I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t creative. My favorite class in school has always been art, my favorite after school activity as a kid was anything that involved being artistic. I’ve always been an artist, I’ve always loved art, it’s who I am, it’s in my soul.

303: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

CH: Where am I not inspired? ! Simply venturing into the world with an open mind and being present inspires me – travel, food and drink, meaningful conversations, creative others, nature and city walks, books, podcasts, etc. . Travel is always inspiring. I like to visit other countries and have another perspective on life. Experiencing a different cuisine, architecture and pace of life is truly eye opening. I am inspired by other avenues of creativity other than painting, such as food. I love going out to dinner or watching cooking shows and seeing how a chef combines ingredients – how simple things in nature can become something so beautiful. Watching all the different types of creatives, whether it’s a photographer, an interior designer, a chef, a potter, a florist, anything. I like to be surrounded by people who are passionate about something.


303: How do you translate your ideas about astrological signs into abstract art? And why?

CH: I think about a couple of different things when creating an artwork – the color palette and the feeling/emotion. When translating star signs into art, I first thought about the individual characteristics of each sign and the color(s) that would represent that characteristic. Then I thought about the sign as a whole, and how I wanted it to end up in a painting. Did I want it to be soothing? Exciting? In a bad mood? And how can I use these individual colors with the overall impression of the painting? If it’s moody, it could be a painting with dark blues and quick, painterly brushstrokes. If it’s soothing, it could be more pastel colors with soft, easy strokes of paint. I spent a lot of time studying each sign and the different meanings behind certain colors.

303: Have you always been interested in astrology, or do you remember when it started?

CH: I really started to take an interest in astrology in high school. I was looking at astrology books in the library and going through them – analyzing everyone in my life and their sign. I became interested in it again a few years ago for the simple fact that it kept coming back into my life without me looking for it. This piqued my interest again and I started to dig a little deeper by reading more books, listening to podcasts, and finding information any way I could.


303: What messages or feelings are you trying to invoke through your art?

CH: I distinguish between calm and groundedness, and pleasure and joy. When someone misses a piece of my work, depending on the piece, I either want them to sigh in relief because they feel peaceful and at ease, or I want the piece to light up their day and gives him energy. Either way, my goal is to change someone’s mood for the better.

303: Describe your process, from concept to creation.

CH: Gathering inspiration, experimenting, planning, creating “bad” work, revisiting “bad” work, more planning, more experimenting, getting to the other side of “bad” and finally, creating a piece that I am satisfied.

303: How would you describe your creative process in one word?

CH: Experimentation.

303: If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

CH: Confident, determined, light-hearted.

303: Do you have any dream projects?

CH: I would like to paint a giant mural on the side of a building or another massive wall. Getting an artist residency in a beautiful foreign city would also be amazing. Collaborating with other creatives I admire. Attend a well-known art fair or art exhibition. I have so many dreams and goals as an artist.

303: What is one thing you have accomplished that you never thought you would accomplish?

CH: I’m such a stubborn person that when I make up my mind about something, I almost always get it done. I can’t think of a goal I set for myself that I didn’t see through.

303: What is your number one goal for this coming year?

CH: To present my work to a wide audience that it truly resonates with.

View Chelsea Hart’s artwork here.

All photos courtesy of Chelsea Hart.