ARTIST • DESIGNER • ANIMAL LOVER
My career as an artist 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. When in high school, I won a New England Regional Art Contest—for painting with Q-tips. I felt like Claude Monet.
I majored in English literature at Northeastern University and lived in a bunch of places — Boston, Marblehead, MA, Rochester NY, Clermont Ferrand, France and then after graduate school, back to Maine. I became a graphic designer—for over 26 years as Ericson Mitchell Creative. I loved the work, won awards and had an interesting diversity of clients—from Fortune 500 companies to small non-profits. 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 live in a beautiful area of Southern Maine where I only have to look out the window for inspiration. And the hundreds of photos I took while living in France for two years faded, but not the memory of the lush and dramatic countryside. I'm now happily immersing myself in color in Hollis, Maine and looking forward to where this path takes me.
EDUCATION: MFA. Rochester Institute of Technology