Born in 1957 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dean Mitchell was raised by his grandmother in Florida and attended the Columbus College of Art and Design. Highly regarded for his water­colors, he is also known for his etchings and work in oil, tempera, acrylic, and pastels. His artwork reflects his concern for ordinary people who go unnoticed, such as street musicians. In his own words, “My paintings are often trying to elevate the underprivileged so I can convey a sense of their dignity and give them a voice in American society. Poor people don’t have material possessions, but they can possess something different, like richness in spirit.”

Dean Mitchell, Blue Angel, from Deep River in My Soul etching series. Reproduced by permission from Dean Mitchell