We had the good fortune of connecting with Corinne Mitchell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corinne, what’s the most important think you’ve done for your children?
Growing up, I struggled with self confidence. As an extremely sensitive child, and now a sensitive adult, when I was younger I was ashamed of my deeply sensitive personality. Finding myself through creative expression as an adult through music and now through visual art, helped me grow emotionally stronger. As a parent, I have made sure that my children see and know how hard I work at learning about visual art, and how much effort I put into my passions. They have both seen me apply to art shows and be rejected and have seen me succeed with a solo art show at a gallery. I am teaching them that life will have highs and lows, but if you have a passion about something keep going and work towards your goals. Never fear your God given talent.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I began my artistic journey when we lived on St. Simons Island, Ga in 2016 after seeing a piece of abstract artwork by Mandy Thompson at a local store in Brunswick, Ga. The colors and movement spoke to me on a different level than I have ever experienced. She began to mentor me in art and I have continued a rich passion ever since. I started with beach and marsh themes, experimenting with textures and mixed media (including crushed up egg shells, sand, crushed rocks). I morphed from acrylic mixed media to encaustics, to acrylic mixed media again. My collections included everything from beach and march scenes, to abstract landscapes, to a farmhouse vibe, then to pet portraits, abstracts, abstract silhouettes, and now I am pursuing live wedding paintings and portraits. My style has definitely grown and elevated, so much that I even was asked to participate in art shows and then in the Buckhead Art & Company gallery in 2018-2020. Because I have experimented with so many things, I feel it has helped, yet also hindered me in ways. Recently I have been overthinking my techniques, which seems to paralyze my creativity. I find that I also have to mediate my own social media use because the comparison game can be overwhelming. I often tell myself K.I.S.S., in other words ‘Keep It Simple Stupid’. I am excited to see what 2021 brings. My words for 2021 are focus, intention, foundation, and hope. Most of all, I have hope.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live right in between Marietta Square and downtown Roswell, so before Covid my husband and family enjoyed dining in at Marietta Pizza Company, the Butcher The Baker, and Stockyard Burgers and Bones. The Marietta Square Art Walk was one of our favorite events after a yummy dinner in the Square. My girlfriends and I loved grabbing dinner and drinks at Pure, 1920 Tavern, Osteria Mattone, and The Mill Kitchen and Bar. My family and I recently went on the Ghost Tour in Roswell and that was so interesting and a fun family event.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Thank you to my husband, Aaron, and children, Ansley and Hall, for your enthusiasm, patience, and genuine excitement when I discuss all things art or create in my studio. Special thanks to my artist mother, who ignited a passion for the arts in me since I was very young and for always listening and trouble-shooting with my thoughts and creative ideas.
Facebook: Art by Corinne Mitchell
Some photos by Angelina Gonzales @asteriskphotography on Instagram.