Chunks of rusty steel, discarded brake drums and I-beams …twigs leaves and rocks – these are like clouds in the afternoon sky forming images to inspire my painting and sculpture. In them I discover fish and birds and little goats, welded together like so many cumulous clouds or patchwork quilts.
Sticks and leaves serve as masking elements to portray the many shapes and color in my landscape paintings. Like the cave painters from long ago, I captures my world in shape and color … an explosion of impressionistic color in a snow storm or harvest moon. These serve as backdrops for the animals who intertwine allegory and story with the everyday themes of a middle-aged single mom – love, death, divorce, and empty nest.
Christine Mitchell’s select works are on dsiplay at The Mercurial Gallery, located at 11 Library Place in Danbury, Connecticut, through February 1 as a part of the ‘Shadows’ exhibition. For more information, visit themercurialgallery.com.
Years of work as an art therapist in Boston and as an educator at both the Museum of Fine Arts inBoston and the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut have added inspiration to Mitchell’s work. She is currently the art educator for the Fraser Woods Montessori School in Newtown, Connecticut, where she integrates her love of teaching, animals, and art into a creative explosion for her students. Drawing from their live animal guests, the young artists explore the shape and color of living things just as Ms. Mitchell explores them in her home studio in the purchase area of Southbury. “ The students provide a constant source of inspiration – their excitement and vision feed my excitement and that leads to greater enthusiasm for my art,” she enthuses.
Mitchell herself has studied at the Silvermine Artists Guild under Bob Perrucci, the Sculpture Barn, and at the Museum of Fine Arts School. Mitchell’s sculpture and paintings have been exhibited at the Silvermine Gallery in New Canaan, Jim Felice Studios, The Canterbury Hill Gallery in Rockport, and the Southbury Public Library . Many of her works are in private collections around the North East.