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Clark Mitchell

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Born In Denver, Colorado - January 19, 1951

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 bachelorʼs 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 Albert Handell, Skip Whitcomb, Michael Lynch, William Hook, and Brooks Anderson, Mitchell has developed the talent to create both tightly rendered scenes as well as looser, more abstract suggestions. In recent years, Mitchell has returned to the exciting practice of working in oil paints to create his landscapes. He has a facility working both on paper and canvas, on location as well as in the studio. 

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. He has received numerous awards in local as well as national competitions and has works included in collections internationally. 

In 2005, Mitchell won Best of Show award at the Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational; and in 2011, likewise won Best of Show in the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational. He was the cover artist in American Artistʼs 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 Artʼs annual landscape issue. In 2011, a vibrant seascape was used on the cover of The Pastel Journal. 

His work is included in numerous art books: among them California Light, A Century of Landscapes; Art of the National Parks; A Painter’s Guide to Design and Composition.

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