Hello and welcome to the Art and Adventures of Chelle the Painter. My name is Chelle, and I am an artist from the Green Bay, WI area. I love art, data, and craft beer. I drink a lot of cold brew coffee, watch Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter far too often, and have questionable taste in music - especially when I'm painting.
Since I was a child, I’ve loved making art and experimenting with the creative process. While I was in my undergraduate studies, I discovered my love for oil paint. It took me a while to develop my style and my technique with colors.
I grew up Catholic, and we went to church every week. At a young age, I was more entranced by the space than the "word." While I was supposed to be following along to what was happening during the mass, I would get lost in the pattern of the bricks on the floor or the light shining through the stained glass windows. The juxtaposition of the trapezoids of bright color set in the concrete wall spoke to my soul. The windows were not the kind that depicted scenes from the bible. They were geometric shapes filling the window with color and life and spirit.
I have since stopped attending church and identifying as a Catholic. However, in all my years of attending mass, the beauty of the space and the feeling it elicited have stuck with me. When I travel, I love to visit cathedrals and places of Catholic worship because of the beauty built into the space. There is a spiritual quality to the light passing through the color of a stained glass window.
With my stained glass paintings, I am looking to build my "church of art." Painting is a peaceful and spiritual process for me. My paintings don't depict scenes, but I explore different themes and ideas with my colors and technique.