Chase was born in 1951 in Panama City, Panama.She grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.She earned her BFA from Syracuse University in 1973 and her MFA from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut in 1975.  In the year of her graduation she had her first New York exhibition, at the alternative gallery Artists Space.
She taught painting at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1975–1979, and at the School of Visual Arts from 1980-1982.She is a National Endowment for the Arts grantee.
Chase lived in Sag Harbor, New York. She died on May 8, 2016 in East Hampton, New York, at the age of 65.Wikipedia