Mitch Baird Biography
Mitch Baird was born in 1972 and grew up in the Pacific Northwest near
Seattle, Washington. At an early age he displayed talent in drawing and
painting and with the encouragement of his parents developed a love for
art. His true passion for painting matured while pursuing his BFA at
Brigham Young University. It was here that he studied under the great
draftsman Ralph Barksdale, whose inspiration and wisdom quickened his
abilities, knowledge and desire. "It was Ralph Barksdale’s patient
direction and willingness to share the mysteries and insights into design,
drawing and painting that opened my eyes and mind. I will forever be
indebted to him."
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's landscape 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 still resides in the 'Great Pacific Northwest' near Portland, Oregon
with his wife Emily, daughter Siena and son Spencer. He was recently
awarded an Honoble Mention and published in the 21 over 31 Emerging
Artists competition in Southwest Art Magazine. He was also recently awarded
Best of Show & Southwest Art Magazine's Award of Excellence in the
American Impressionist Society Exhibition, the Founder's Award in the
international 'Blossom - The Art of Flowers' museum exhibition and two
paintings in the National Parks 'Paint the Parks - Top 100' exhibit.
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