Featured Artist: Mitch Baird!

Autumn Blue by Mitch Baird 24x16" Oil
Autumn Blue by Mitch Baird
24×16″ Oil

WOW! is right… I have an affinity for trees against a very blue sky. I can’t help but take photos of them. Not sure why, they’re striking I guess, and this is no exception. You can just feel how tall that tree is. Love the clouds! Such a nice painting!

Catalina Backlight by Mitch Baird 16x20" Oil
Catalina Backlight by Mitch Baird
16×20″ Oil

Look at this light! This painting stood out to me for that very reason. The light highlighting the cacti – whoa! The nice light on the mountain tops and the soft wispy clouds all around. So nice! I love that he painted the cactus with the sun hitting the back. It gives the painting such nice contrast. Check out his website. Wow!

Read a bit about Mitch, from his website:

As a representational painter Mitch believes that painting is a celebration of life and the beauty that surrounds us. He is devoted to the traditions of the late 19th century artists who looked to the figure and nature for inspiration regarding light, color, and design. Seeking out this inspiration, Mitch works directly from life to capture the qualities and nuances of natural light and color harmony. He has a strong conviction that great artistic communication depends on good draftsmanship, design and vision. His artistic desire is to “portray a positive visual statement and hope the viewer will experience what I see and in some sense be inspired, uplifted, or moved by my painting, whether it is of a small intimate setting or a grandiose subject.”

Mitch resides in the desert southwest in Mesa, Arizona with his wife Emily and children Siena and Spencer. He is a Signature Member of the Oil Painters of America and is also a member of the American Impressionist Society and Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.

All images via MitchBaird.com, used with permission…

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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