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Mitchell attended the University of Illinois at Champaign and the American Academy of Art in Chicago. At the end of three years of study at the Chicago academy, she embarked upon extensive travels in Europe. While living abroad, she worked with a team of architects and planners to revitalize the Greek city of Arta. She went on to study the masterpieces at some of the world’s greatest museums-the Ufizzi in Florence, the Louvre in Paris, and the Tate in London. She returned to Europe for extensive studies of the Renaissance Masters to scrutinize many other great works in the major European museums.
Between her sojourns in Europe, she undertook a four-year apprentice program in Minneapolis at the storied Atelier Lack. Even with such notable experience, Mitchell acknowledged certain artistic concerns, specifically in her capacity “to articulate nature truthfully” Upon her return to the United States, famed Atelier director Richard Lack reintroduced the young artist to the basics-working in charcoal on paper and then moving on to still life and figurative painting. Mitchell’s dual focus as an artist has been to exhibit the highest level of craftsmanship, worthy of the rich traditions of portraiture exemplified by the Old Masters, while also expanding her powers in the art of seeing. This experience strengthened her facility at traditional picture making and deepened her grasp of the methods of the Masters. As a result, her own portraiture has become a direct link sustaining the lineage of the great classical painters predating the 17th century.
This approach was sublimely illuminating for Mitchell. “I needed to see the whole” she says, “and to see the whole, you have to be very simple. Seeing whole is a language of the eye,” the artist continues. “You are not just copying a figure. You are escorting the work (of art) into being.” Of Mitchell’s accomplishments during her years at the Minneapolis Institution, Richard Lack states, “Her portraits were among the best ever produced over my long career as a teacher at Atelier Lack.”.
Mitchell’s artistic passion is color, and she commands her palette with a proficiency that links her unmistakable to Titian, Vermeer, and Rembrandt. Her paintings are held in many private, public and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and in Europe. She has exhibited in prestigious venues such as the U.S. Capitol, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Grand Central Gallery in New York City, Hollis Taggart Gallery in Washington D.C. and New York, and Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art in Chicago.
Several Best of Show awards have come to Mitchell-from the International Portrait Seminar in 1984 where she took Grand Prize amongst 4000 entrants, to the American Society of Portrait Artists “Portraits Only” International Competition in 1998.
Through trained observation and creative vision, Mitchell fuses impressionism and realism into a unified language of the eye. Her portraits, at once provocative and serene, dramatic yet restrained, are eloquent symbols of her depth as an artist.