Today we’d like to introduce you to Christina Mitchella.
Christina, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The paint splatters flew overhead as they whipped across the canvas. The masterpiece was complete. With a dripping wet paintbrush in hand and paint splattered on my tiny feet, at 7 years old, I knew this was my destiny.
My days were spent doodling on the margins of pages of notebooks as my teachers lectured and as I daydreamed. I filled pages with endearing characters, whimsical font and new ideas. I learned better by sight, color and tangibility. Entering art contests at a young age, privately tutored by fine artists and skillfully creating year after year, I was preparing for my future.
As a professional artist, I create commissioned artworks for private clients, exhibit in fine art galleries and art shows, and participate in fine art contests and festivals. I also serve as a juror for local school district art contests, have organized art events for cities, the Museum of Biblical Arts, and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to enhance the arts in the community. Through personal fine art donations and corporate fundraising, I have helped raise over $8,000 for charities. It is my desire that my works will inspire and bring joy all who view them.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Artists block, similar to writer’s block, can be the hardest thing to push through. A blank canvas can be somewhat intimidating at times, no matter how advanced you are as an artist. Taking creative “breaks” by exploring nature seems to cure it!
As an artist, you learn to take criticism from different audiences. Some can be negative feedback. Not all the art you create will appease everyone’s taste and that’s okay. Sometimes, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Christina Mitchella Fine Art – what should we know?
Christina’s art is remarkably inspired and contemplative, spanning many different artistic mediums. Whether she is creating a portrait, painting in still life, or transforming a canvas with abstract expressionism, her impeccable attention to detail and vibrant use of color breathes life into every stroke and sketch.
She uses color to capture a moment in time and evoke emotion in her representational works. Her bold brush strokes and use of gold leaf in her abstracts gives movement and twinkle to her high-shine resin canvases. It is Christina’s hope that her works will emit joy, stir inspiration and spread enthusiasm for the arts in all who view them. Her works can be viewed in galleries throughout Texas, and she is currently available for commissioned work.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My journey led me to Dallas Baptist University where I studied under gifted Professors who taught the Old Masters style and stressed new visionary ideals. After graduating with my B.A. in Art, I worked towards seeking out those who were master artists, who were highly skilled at their craft of fine art, that I wanted to learn from. A few of the greats include Romel del la Torre, Pamela Blaise and Tina Garrett. Not to mention weekly studio visits for years with my favorite mentor, Fran Di Giacomo, who studied under David Laffel, Richard Schmid and Howard Terpning.
I have studied under Fran Di Giacomo for over three years, learning the techniques of oil still life and portrait painting. Her influence has elevated my skill and taught me much about the art business. Through many art triumphs and disappointments, her constructive criticism and feedback only makes me strive to become a better artist. Fran has been my most cherished mentor and learning from her persistence and drive has accelerated me forward in my career as a successful artist.
- Website: www.ChristinaMitchella.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/ChristinaMitchella
- Facebook: Facebook.com/ChristinaMitchellaArtStudio