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Dean Mitchell - ROWENA -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Dean Mitchell

Original Retail Price $195.00
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Limited Edition of: 550
Image Size: 22"w x 16 1/4"h.
Published: July 1992

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This is Rowena Highbaugh at about 94, an amazing woman. She talked about her days in Oklahoma when she rode around in covered wagons. She's actually seen the world change dramatically. She has unconditional love for people and is secure in her faith and God.

Knowing your subject is like listening to people talk about children. They can talk about other people's children but it's not the same as when they're talking about their own. Once you get to know your subjects and become familiar with their experiences and surroundings, you can develop a love which comes through your work. It also determines how you will portray your subject. In the end, you hope you can do something that will help people come together. The emotions are universal, no matter the color of the skin.

Dean Mitchell
It is said that you must suffer for your art. Dean Mitchell understands the sentiment, but is not ruled by it. But the images of the life he sees around him are filled with emotion, whether it is a painting of a plain, light- splashed, whiteboard-paneled Southern church or a woman bowing in prayer. It is etched in the portraits of his grandmotherís face, who raised him from the age of eleven months in a small town near Tallahassee, Florida. As a child, Mitchell knew he wanted to be an artist, a seemingly impossible choice for a boy in his circumstances, but he bought a set of oils when he was twelve and won two awards in the very first art competition he entered. He started painting in watercolor when he was attending the Columbus School of Art and Design in Ohio and his first job was teaching art at a Boyís Club for ten dollars an hour. Things changed when he started entering his paintings in competitions regularly. His exceptional ability in showing a special side of the seemingly ordinary gained immediate attention and reward. Within just a few years, Mitchell had won more than two hundred major art awards, including first prize at London, Englandís T.H. Saunders International Artist and Watercolour Show, top honors from the National Watercolor Society, the Art for the Parks Medal for Overall Excellence and the Hubbard Art Award for Excellence.


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