Agrant opportunity through the Mississippi Arts Commission has allowed the Lincolnlawrence-franklin Regional Library in Brookhaven, Mississippi, to purchase a work of art for public display. The work, Farm Road, a watercolor by Florida painter Dean Mitchell, was unveiled in a public ceremony April 24. Mitchell, who was recently honored with the Watercolor Honor Society Lifetime Achievement Award, was on hand to unveil the painting and, as part of the grant, meet with Mississippi art students.
During the 90-minute session with students, Mitchell spoke about his life, his career and his views on art. “I thought I was good until I went to art school and was surrounded by many with the same passion,” he told students. “That’s when I learned I had to step it up. Many said I wouldn’t make it, but I worked hard and they started seeing my work getting better and better.”
Mitchell is primarily known as a watercolorist, though his works also include oil and acrylic paintings. It’s his watercolor paintings of the desert, old ghost towns and ranches that have mesmerized Western art collectors. Today Mitchell shows at galleries and museums around the country, and his works often win watercolor awards.
Farm Road is now on public display at the Lincoln-lawrence-franklin Regional Library.
Dean Mitchell, center, with art students in Mississippi.
Dean Mitchell, Farm Road, watercolor, 22 x 30”