A recently elected member of Santa Barbara’s Oak Group, Bill Mitchell started painting when he was seven years old. His mother made ceramics, which they painted together in pure, bright colors.
Mitchell left college in 1971 to live in Mexico with the intent of teaching himself to paint landscapes in the manner of the French impressionists. He lived in rural areas in the states of Guerrero and Michoacán for ten years. After returning to the U.S. in the early 80s, he spent several years in Australia before settling down permanently in California.
In recent years he has exhibited his work at Lacuna Gallery, McCollum Gallery in Laguna Beach, Palm Loft Gallery in Carpinteria, and in a solo exhibition at the Faulkner West Gallery as well as shows with the Oak Group.
Mr. Mitchell is also a writer and musician. His articles have appeared in Ocean magazine. A collection of his songs, “How Strong We Are” was released in 2012.