Dean L. Mitchell was born 1957, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and reared in Quincy, Florida. He is a graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design (BFA, MFA) Columbus, Ohio. Mitchell is well known for his figurative works, landscapes and still lifes. In addition to watercolors, he is accomplished in other mediums including acrylics, egg temperas, oils and pastels.
Mitchell has been featured in numerous publications that include the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Southwest Art, Art of the West, American Artist, Western Art Collector, Artists Magazine, Fine Art International, Art News, The Art of Watercolour magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine and most recently the Outwin 2016 American Portraiture Today at the National Portrait Gallery.
His art can be found in corporate and museum collections across the country, including: Autry National Center, Arkansas Art Center, Canton Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Rockwell Museum, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Beach Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, Gadsden Art Center, Whitney Museum of the American West, Mississippi Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, Library of Congress and the Quanhua Art Museum in China.
He has received over 600 awards including the T.H. Saunders International Artists in watercolor competition in London, England, American Watercolor Society Gold and Silver Medal, National Watercolor Society Masters Award, Allied Artist of American Gold Medal in Watercolor and Oil, Donald Teague Memorial Award and the Robert M. Lougheed Memorial Award Prix de West, Premier Platinum Award Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Art for the Parks $50,000 Grand Prize, Loa Ruth Spring Award from the National Watercolor Society, The Award of Excellence Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial Exhibition.