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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 7 182 out in cyan; on another, wide, curved strokes of white almost com- pletely cover a cerise underpainting. She might finish a painting, then paint completely over it. Her hallmarks include thick layers of paint that almost appear folded underneath her subjects, as if she tucked tissue paper underneath. The legacy goes back further, to her great- great- grandfather, Frederick Nelson Atwood. Atwood studied painting in Boston and specialized in maritime art. He is most famous for his 1895 painting "Battleship Maine," of the ship that later exploded and sank in Cuba's Havana harbor. Atwood's son, Frederick Nelson Atwood II, trained on the East Coast in fresco and decorative arts painting. He headed to the Yukon Territory, where he prospected for gold and specialized in designing and painting theater sets. Yet Chelsea's parents discouraged her from centering her life on art, concerned about her financial future. She earned a bachelor's degree in community and environmental design, and a master's in international studies. "And all I wanted to do was paint!" she said. And paint she has. Her studio and storage spaces burst with her work. Her canvases tell a story of a painter who's inspired by her town and the people who live there. From the iconic—Wellesley's Romanesque Town Hall—to the vernacular—Captain Marden's seafood restaurant and fish market, and, yes, the Spring Street car repair shop—Sebastian's works evoke an emotion and express a feeling. "I paint representational art," she said. "I want to tell a story." Chelsea's process is multilayered. She might start with a small painted sketch before moving to a large canvas, brushing broad strokes with high-toned acrylics. On one canvas, an indoor scene is sketched "inspired by her town" artist profile top: Captain Marden's Dawn Light, 24 x 36 bottom: Devin on Appleby Bridge, 36 x 24