Deborah Mitchell is an artist with an MFA in printmaking. She grew up outside of Boston where her early influences were frequent trips to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and her mother’s lush gardens. Her grandmother was a painter and naturalist who instilled an appreciation of nature. Her father skied Tuckerman’s Ravine in the 1940s and his sports cars inspired a love of outdoor adventure, travel, and speed.
Once she experienced the American West, Mitchell settled there drawn by the wide-open natural beauty. A retired university art professor, fine weather finds her in her backyard painting and gardening, or en Plein air sketching when motorcycling through spectacular Western landscapes. During cooler seasons, her home studio inspires printmaking, painting, mixed media, and experimentations.
Travel to New England, and Europe especially the Mediterranean recharges her artistically and culturally. When it comes to finding her muse, she often feels as though she has “one foot on the boat and one on the dock”. Seek out nature or culture? The answer is both!