Emily Mitchell - Artist Bio
Emily Mitchell’s work is a vibrant celebration of nature, relationships and narratives. Through the development of many layers of paint and marks on the canvas, she weaves a story. Her works are done in acrylics, but she also creates smaller monoprints, watercolors, and collages.
Mitchell received her Masters of Art Education from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, with strong influences from Peter London and John Crowe who impressed upon her the importance of letting go of what art is “supposed to be” and allowing play within the art making moment to steer creative discovery. Emily completed her undergraduate degree in Studio Art, Art History and Theatre at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1994.
Mitchell has had numerous solo exhibitions in New England and is included in several galleries around the country. Her work was reviewed in Art and Art Deadlines, where she was featured as “Artist of the Year” in 2015.
Emily lives in Richmond, VT with her husband, two sons, rescue dog and cat. When she is not developing her art, she can be found training for competitive swimming, both in pools and many of Vermont’s lakes. She is an 2003 Ironman Lake Placid Finisher.
My work begins with playful applications of leftover paint on spare canvasses, and slowly evolves from loose, colorful marks into vibrant and complex “landscapes”. My narrative imagery, which is rooted in my strong connection to nature, evolves over time and is a response to the canvas in front of me, rather than a specific plan. I focus on process as an essential component of developing work that feels authentic and personal.
Making art, for me, is a back-and-forth play between spontaneous, intuitive mark-making, and careful deliberation and intention: a blend of letting things happen, and making things happen. I look to the canvas itself to guide me, working with “what’s working” to move forward. This is practice takes patience - there is no quick solution to any problem. However, this process does allow unexpected colors, imagery, and ideas to become part of my art. Each day, each painting, each moment is new and I am always learning.
Emily Mitchell is an artist, wife, mother, art teacher and swimmer, living and creating art in Richmond, Vermont.