‘JUST FOR FUN’: Santa Rosa Beach artist uses clay to ‘create happiness’

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 05:40 PM.

“Some of them are self-portraits,” said Mitchell, and one can almost see the resemblance between the artist and his fisherman.

Mitchell sells out of art shows around the country, and locals will be able to catch him Oct. 27 and 28 at Henderson Park Beach in Destin for the Destin Festival of the Arts.  

He finds inspiration for many of his pieces from fishing, and nature in the form of lizards and frogs, herons and hummingbirds.

“Even on some of my whimsical pieces, I might stick a turtle or lizard on them, just for fun,” said Mitchell.

“(My wife) Janice says, ‘Art should evoke an emotion,’ ” he continues, “and my emotion is happiness. I like for my art to create happiness.”

Janice Russell Beck, Mitchell’s wife, is a watercolor artist, and the two artists’ studios are side-by-side, which Mitchell says helps in the creation process.

“When she’s painting, I can say, ‘How do you feel about this piece I’m working on?’ ” said Mitchell.

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