Real-World Poetry | Dean Mitchell Watercolor Gallery

Dean Mitchell wields his brush with soft, yet deft, strokes of controlled edges and subtle transitions to honor the spirit of oft-overlooked people and places. Paintings that at first glance appear to be straightforward, realistic renderings turn out, on closer inspection, to be highly organized compositions in which careful editing and orchestration of tone and color work to create a unique and telling vision.

Mitchell attributes his decision to paint the life and environment of working people to the influence of one person. “I was raised by my grandmother,” he says, “and she was the backbone of our family. She worked as a maid and cook for wealthy Caucasian families in our area of the Florida Panhandle. She’d tell me that sometimes they didn’t even know her name. They’d just call her ‘cook.’ ” The impetus to memorialize—to bear witness to people and places that the larger society may choose to ignore—has been a powerful driver for the artist.

See a few of Mitchell’s moving watercolor landscapes below. To learn more about Mitchell, and to see a wider range of his watercolor landscapes and figure paintings, check out the December 2014 issue of Watercolor Artist, available at www.northlightshop.com and on newsstands October 21.

Quality Hill (watercolor) by Dean Mitchell

Quality Hill (watercolor) by Dean Mitchell

Damp Morning (watercolor) by Dean Mitchell

Damp Morning (watercolor) by Dean Mitchell

Early Spring, St. Louis (watercolor) by Dean Mitchell

Early Spring, St. Louis (watercolor) by Dean Mitchell

 

 

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