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And there's always the light. Chelsea paints in a third-floor studio near Cottage Street, conve- niently close to the heart of town and high enough to catch the sun's rays. It's a win-win for this Washington State native. "The Hopper light is a real thing," she said. "As an artist, I see that light." That's evident in Chelsea's portfolio. One of Wellesley College's sig- nature lampposts explodes in a meteor of light. Light spilling from the windows of Captain Marden's scatters iridescence into the park- ing lot. Bulbs strung outside Juniper restaurant blaze like mutant fire- flies. Fiery train tracks glow beneath the Crest Road railroad bridge. Leaves glisten like confetti in a Brook Path scene. You might find Chelsea taking photos or sketching around town, absorbed in the landscape and waiting for that breathtaking moment that guides her work and moves her to paint. It's a feeling she's had innumerable times. Chelsea's emotional response to art can be incredibly strong. When observing Vincent van Gogh's towering, swirling cypresses on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, she actually lost her balance. "Van Gogh has the power to literally move me!" she said. Chelsea's admiration for artists is homegrown. Both of her parents are artists who met in art school. Her mother's work features color and an off-kilter, Alice Neel-like sensibility, which Sebastian has inherited. She's influenced by her father's love of geometries and philosophy. "It's awesome to have that legacy," she said. "It's a blessing. It's in me. It's in my DNA." 180 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 artist profile "explodes in a meteor of light" left: Chelsea Sebastian in her studio; right: Behind Auto Lab, 36 x 24 B L O N D E T U L I P P H O T O G R A P H Y