Mitch Baird Oils
Mitch Baird was born in 1972 and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. 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 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.”
His national recognition continues to grow and he was recently awarded the Animal Award of Excellence in the 2013 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, 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’ traveling museum exhibition as well as two paintings in the National Parks ‘Paint the Parks – Top 100’ traveling exhibition.