Looking at America and Painting How I Want, What I Want and How I See It
Dean Mitchell lives and works in Tampa, Fla. His focus is on figurative works (portraits of people), landscapes (paintings of nature with land and sky) and still lifes (every day, still objects). At the Albany Museum of Art, Mitchells exhibition, Looking at America and Painting How I Want, What I Want and How I See It, is currently on display.
"I'm looking for freedom regardless of painting styles and labels imposed on artists in regards to race and ethnic origins,” Mitchell says, “total freedom to explore my full potential as an artist."
Mitchell went to college at Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. His degree is called an MFA (Masters in Fine Arts) He maintains a deep connection with Quincy, Fla., a small industrial city where he was raised and inspired by his grandmother. His grandmother pushed him to not give up his dream of becoming an artist, encouraging him to attend his art studies. His work has been collected by many prestigious museums and has received numerous accolades, included meeting President Barack Obama and his family, and being considered as a portrait artist for the 44th president. A small snapshot of Mitchell at the White House hangs on the wall at his Quincy location—aptly named after his grandmother—the Marie Brooks Gallery.