MYTCHELL/mead . contemporary
fine art . STEEL/wood
artist’s journey is an internal one. And the internal
spaces are vast – and every bit as full of mystery
and unexplored territories as the outer universes. Art in all
its forms are attempts to map or gain insight on this internal
universe, something as critical for our species to understand
as our impact on the outer world.”
education is ongoing as I challenge my eye and mind
to evolve the way they perceive and relate. I have
apprenticed in a traditional way, gathering skills
from an early age working with my father, a talented
metal worker. Those skills combined with a yearning
to draw out the overlooked beauty in a mundane material.
always an artist at heart, my formal education culminated
with an MBA. Upon graduation I worked in high tech
which sent me around world. Trips to Japan gave me
an appreciation for Eastern thought and art. Europe
instilled a classical regiment and South America
brought out the desire to draw in earth and craft
elements. Inspiration to create artwork came in the
mid 1990’s when I left high tech and opened
a bike store in Seattle. My store was next door to
an artist-owned foundry and within a year the bike
shop became an impromptu gallery for my early works.
2000 I sold the store to bicycle the country, and
eventually landed in New Mexico. There I studied
with Argentinean Master Sculptor Alberto Castagna.
In true classic form, Alberto first taught me to “see” with
countless hours of figure drawing. He claimed that
our eye is calibrated from birth for dimension, proportion,
balance and relation by the human form. Regardless
of composition, artwork produced by a trained eye
will bear the qualities of beauty.
the artist’s eye and skills are honed, all
focus is to become a clear channel for the flow of
now live and work in John Day, Oregon and show in
artists role is to open the gap toward our highest
evolution; to explore beyond known and mapped territories.
This path is marked by intuition, inspiration and
feeling. When moving in the abstract I exist to aim
for the essence of this realm.
the most part it is in the indefinable that my work
is born - an effort to communicate passion, inspiration,
rapture, restlessness. My canvas of steel introduces
an entire universe of chance and coincidence. The
process is unpredictable, allowing the idea or image
I hold inside to release itself in surprising ways,
as a new expression of feeling. Only by releasing
the mind does creativity flow through, coaxing the
potential from the collaboration between chance and
is my hope that the work, like a map, carries the
viewer into the realm of possibility from which it
image or effect on the steel is an intentional effort
to draw out color and character hidden within. It
is neither patina or etching, but rather coaxing.
I use similar techniques and agents as those used
to patina and etch, but with methods gathered from
endless hours of experimentation. Although I begin
each piece with an inspiration, I like to believe
that what is produced is more about discovering the
natural expression within than imposing my will and
ideas upon the work.
endeavor to freeze the process at its peak, when
the image merges with the inspiration I hold inside.
Needless to say, every piece is completely original
and could never be duplicated.
my works are a frozen step in time, nothing is permanent
and there may be a continual evolution in the image.
It may march on through the centuries to achieve
even more dramatic contrast.
Representation, Recent Shows, Upcoming Events & Collections.
Renee Taylor Gallery, Sedona, AZ
Silver Queen Fine Art, Park City, UT
Horizon Fine Art, Jackson Hole, WY
Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Beyond the Perimeter Gallery, John Day, OR
Featured Artist, Paul Scott Fine Art, Bend, OR, April, 2015
Featured Artist, Marcus Ashley Fine Art Gallery, South Lake
Tahoe, CA, August, 2014
Featured Artist, Paul Scott Fine Art, Bend, OR, June, 2014
Northwest Fine Arts Competition, October 2013, Seattle, WA
High Desert Museum, Art of the West, August, 2013, Bend,
Oregon Artists, Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, March-April,
2 person Show, Paul Scott Fine Art, Bend, OR, April, 2013
Featured Artist, Silver Queen Fine Art, Park City, UT March
Featured Artist, Paul Scott Fine Art, Bend, OR, November
Featured Artist, Gallery 903, Portland, OR, August 2012
Featured Artist, July 2012, Lahaina Gallery, Bend, OR
2 Person Show, Alternative Café and Echo Gallery,
April/May 2012, Monterey, CA
Featured Artist, June 2009, Lahaina Gallery, Bend, OR
Featured Artist, September 2008, Kebanu, Bend
Fall Festival Top Artist, Bend, OR 2007
Unity Gallery, Private Show, Fort Collins, CO 2006
Private Collection, 6 Installations, Jackson Hole, WY
Public Installation, What Are Records?, Boulder, CO
Private Collection, Gordon, 33 Installations, Boulder, CO
Private Collection, Hiesel, 15 Installations, Boulder, CO
Private Collection, Reynolds; 2 Installations, Taos, NM