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about the artist

Chelsea Best is a New York-based artist from Kansas City Missouri who grew up dancing to her mother's piano and running lines with her actor-puppeteer father when she wasn’t climbing trees and splashing in muddy puddles. She splattered paint like Jackson Pollock while watching Bob Ross paint happy little clouds. She wore green plaid pants with glittery zebra striped shirts, and rocked a hot pink streak in her hair. She attended Stephens College for a BFA in Dance while figure-modeling for the fashion department, and subsequently local artists. After her move to New York in 2006, she toured both nationally and internationally as a performer for almost a decade, apartment hopping and couch surfing between gigs, before deciding to grow roots in New York's Upper West Side, where she lives and paints with her husband, actor-musician Rory Max Kaplan, today.