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"Dawn's Early Light"
Feature Artist Bio
Clark Mitchell - Dawn's Early Light (pastel)
Clark Mitchell - Late Spring Wandering (pastel)
Clark Mitchell - Where's Bolinas
Clark Mitchell - Waiting for Sunshine
Clark Mitchell - Old Magnolia II (studio)
Clark Mitchell - Tennessee Valley
Clark Mitchell - San Juan Bautista
Clark Mitchell - Sonoma Summer Scene (plein air)
Clark Mitchell - Carmel Wetlands (pastel)
Clark Mitchell - Down Broadway (oil)
Clark Mitchell - Lapping Water (plein air)
Clark Mitchell - Wide River
By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the second of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by contemporary
American landscape painter Clark Mitchell (born 1951 in Denver, Colorado).
Growing up in the shadow of the Rockies, Clark Mitchell very early discovered a love of the natural world. Given a set of fine old German pastels by his father when quite young, he quickly embraced the medium for its ease of handling, brilliance of color and portability.
He received a bachelor’s degree in art from Colorado College in the seventies and moved to San Francisco to continue his studies at the Academy of Art College. Through personal exploration as well as study with artists Albert Handell, Skip Whitcomb, Michael Lynch and Bill Hook, Mitchell has developed the talent to create both tightly-rendered scenes as well as looser, more abstract suggestions.
In order to fully immerse himself in the countryside he loved to portray, Mitchell left San Francisco with his partner over thirty years ago and moved north to the beautiful Sonoma County wine country. Painting expeditions throughout the state as well as across the country continue to provide challenge as well as inspiration.
Mitchell has been designated a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America and a Distinguished Pastelist by the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and he recently earned Signature Member status with the Laguna Plein Air Painters of America. He has received numerous awards in local as well as national competitions and has oil and pastel paintings included in art collections internationally.
In 2005, Mitchell won Best of Show award at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational, and in 2011 won Best of Show in the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational. He was the cover artist for American Artist’s March 1993 issue. He was chosen as poster artist for the Sedona Plein Air Festival for 2008. In 2009, his painting was on the cover of Southwest Art’s annual landscape issue. In 2011, Mitchell’s painting was on the cover of The Pastel Journal’s June issue.
Selected Exhibits and Honors
Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational, 2009 – 2012 Best of Show, 2011
Sedona AZ Plein Air Invitational, 2006 - 2009. Poster Award, 2008
Sea to Shining Sea, Nationwide Invitational, Haggin Museum, Stockton CA, 2004.
Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational, CA, 2002 - 2007, 2011. Best of Show, 2005
Sonoma Plein Air Invitational, CA, 2002 - 2011.
Contemporary Artists Paint Yosemite, Haggin Museum, Stockton CA, 2001.
Carmel Art Festival Plein Air Invitational, Carmel CA, 1999, 2002-2005. Best Work on Paper, 2002.
Great American Artists, Invitational Exhibition, Cincinnati OH, 1999 - 2003, 2005.
John Pence Gallery, Solo and Group, various years 1993 - 2007.
Pastel Society of America Annual Exhibition, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2011.Various Awards
Pastel Society of the West Coast National Open Exhibition, 1989 - 2012 First Place, 1989, 1995.
February 25, 2017
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Clark Mitchell (Born 1951)
“My love of color and appreciation for the natural world mesh delightfully when I have a stick of pastels or a brush loaded with oils in my hand and a ready surface before me awaiting pigment. The ensuing hours may bring success or further challenge. Either way, I’m blessed to be doing what I love most.”