Artist Dean Mitchell has been earning awards since he was in his 20s. The over-400 to date include top honors from the National Watercolor Society and American Watercolor Society, the Arts for the Parks Medal for Overall Excellence and twice he received the watercolor award in recognition of exceptional artistic merit at the prestigious Masters of the American West Show at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. Referred to as “a virtual modern-day Vermeer” by The New York Times, his portraits of people and places are infused with a sense of dignity as well as a sense of loss and beauty the artist often attributes to growing up poor and without a father.
“I am always searching for a sense of place—a sense of intimacy in my work,” he says. The landscape, Snow Hills, conveys much of the blank beauty of rural Americana in winter and then some. Scrappy vegetation and fence posts lean in toward the snow-covered road that leads the eye up through the scene to an unknown point in the future. This beautiful composition, painted in watercolor, is reproduced as a Fine Art Giclée on watercolor paper. The resulting edition, barely distinguishable from the original artwork, will bring a quiet grace to any wall.