Photograph of Artist KIRSTIN F. MITCHELL
KIRSTIN F. MITCHELL
Santa Fe, New Mexico - United States



Original Artworks (6)

Kirstin F. Mitchell; Rising, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 20 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241   New Mexico, Aspen Vista, southwestern, Santa Fe, trees, autumn, leaves        ...
Kirstin F. Mitchell
Original Oil Painting, 2010
20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61.0 cm)
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Kirstin F. Mitchell; Tangled, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241      Aspen Vista, southwestern, Santa Fe, trees, autumn, leaves     ...
Kirstin F. Mitchell
Original Oil Painting, 2010
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Kirstin F. Mitchell; Triad, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241     Aspen Vista, southwestern, Santa Fe, trees, autumn, leaves    ...
Kirstin F. Mitchell
Original Oil Painting, 2010
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Kirstin F. Mitchell; Crossing, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241    Aspen Vista, southwestern, Santa Fe, trees, autumn, leaves   ...
Kirstin F. Mitchell
Original Oil Painting, 2010
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Kirstin F. Mitchell; Amarillo, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 8 x 10 inches. Artwork description: 241   Aspen Vista, southwestern, Santa Fe, trees, autumn, leaves  ...
Kirstin F. Mitchell
Original Oil Painting, 2010
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
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Kirstin F. Mitchell; Bitten, 2010, Original Painting Oil, 12 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241 New Mexico, Aspen Vista, southwestern, Santa Fe, trees, autumn, leaves ...
Kirstin F. Mitchell
Original Oil Painting, 2010
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 cm)
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Artist Statement

Although I began my art career as a painter of portraits, my fascination with pattern and abstract form eventually took precedence over depicting the objects or people in front of me. For most of the 1990ís, my paintings were brightly colored abstracts.† However, after moving to†Santa Fe, my love of the New Mexican landscape led me to begin to experiment with painting Southwestern terrain in a more muted palette. My current series of paintings is the culmination of over fifteen years of observation of the tones and forms of the high desert landscape. †

As an artist, I am perpetually torn between portraying what I see and trying to depict what I feel. †The unique shapes that I see in rocks and trees appeal to the abstract artist within me and allow me to paint works that, although clearly realism in the traditional sense, are not standard southwestern landscapes. †I enjoy the strong contrasts of light and dark and am drawn to the negative areas within an image, as well as the abstract forms within the larger shapes. †In addition to attempting to simplify what I see, I strive to create a painting that incorporates both delicately detailed smooth areas and more loosely painted sections where the brush marks are clearly visible.† Although nature is my inspiration, the real motive behind my art is to create order out of chaos, to develop a greater understanding of the world around me by simplifying and clarifying my vision.
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