ARTIST • DESIGNER • ANIMAL LOVER
My artistic career started when I won an art contest at the age of ten. The painting of my beagle, Kimmy, was judged the most popular in the city-wide art festival in Portland, Maine, where I grew up. I then won a New England Regional Art Contest—for painting with Q-tips. I felt like Claude Monet.
Since I never thought I could make a living in art, I majored in English literature in college. I lived in a bunch of places — Boston, Marblehead, MA, Rochester NY, Clermont Ferrand, France and after getting an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology, I came back to Maine and opened a graphic design studio. For over 25 years as Ericson Mitchell Creative, I had an interesting diversity of clients, loved the work and won awards. Then the industry changed drastically and my passion for it waned. I fantasized about having the time to paint.
I decided to make the time. Although I had dabbled in painting pet portraits, usually dogs, for several years, it wasn't until three years ago that I decided to paint almost daily and show my work. I'm now happily immersing myself in color and looking forward to where this path takes me.
I live in an old farmhouse in Hollis, Maine with a crowded studio, a lot of books and a menagerie of rescue critters.