Seagrove Beach resident Lisa Mitchell grew up in an Air Force family. “My mother, educated in interior design, painted in oil and taught me to sew,” she says. “My father graduated from Georgia Tech in architecture but decided to become a pilot and fly planes. They both encouraged me to be imaginative and artful. I have always been creative and artistic, in one form or another, either painting or sewing all my life.”
Mitchell received her degree in San Diego in Art History. “I was most enamored and influenced by both the German Expressionists and French Fauve artists. Following my father’s retirement and some years later, I joined my family in Tennessee to continue my education to include business and received a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree.”
She did some freelance work, including photo styling for a major department store in Memphis. “Inspired by textiles and texture and my love to sew, I decided to use my skill with fabrics to design and construct custom home fashions,” says Mitchell. She found collaborating with individuals and designers “very rewarding, creative and inspiring.”
Mitchell got married in Destin and began spending more time here, becoming involved in decorating condos in the Sandestin area and managing the overall renovations. These days, she’s participating in workshops with folks like Dick Knowles, Larry Edwards, Guido Frick, Skip Lawrence and Bob Burridge.
“I paint in oils and acrylics but many times incorporate oil pastel, pencil, pen and sometimes textural elements as well,” she says. “I’ll use a brush, knife, fingers or a stick if it produces that certain mark I’m envisioning.”
Lately, Mitchell has become fascinated with simple figures. “It makes me giggle to see these little figures come to life with posture, personality and movement. I really enjoy creating colorful and thoughtful pieces, and I’m also revisiting the impact neutrals can have.
“I hope the viewer is intrigued by the process. Whether it be color, application texture or emotion, you hope as an artist that someone is inspired to ‘have a look.’ I am a work in progress and a piece of work. I look forward to inspiration to expand my horizons, to grow as a person and as an artist.”
Mitchell’s art is on display throughout March at the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach. For more info, call (850) 267-2809.