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 in 2002 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 countlesss solo exhibitions in New England and is exhibited in several galleries around the country, including the Beach House Gallery in Dunedin, Florida. 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, and she is an 2003 Ironman Lake Placid Finisher.
My work begins with applications of miscellaneous paint on spare canvasses, and slowly evolves from loose, colorful marks into vibrant and complex "landscape stories". The narrative imagery, abstract shapes and spaces, are all rooted in my strong connection to nature. Often the exact composition is determined, not by a preconceived plan, but from the marks and patterns and emotion behind the story I wish to tell. The translucent layers of color allow me to create a push and pull between foreground and background, creating a hypnotic depth and sensation of space.Typically, the longer your eyes linger on any of the pieces, the more you may find. Deep within the layers of paint, are the layers within of all of us – thin and thick, complex, translucent skins of color and texture, masking, but not eliminating, our shared experiences, feelings and moments.
Emily Mitchell is an artist, wife, mother, art teacher and swimmer, living and creating art in Richmond, Vermont.