Heather Mitchell grew up in Hawaii, and spent several years in California before moving to the Gulf Coast. Living most of her life near the water, she
appreciates the beautiful natural environment of Pensacola. She draws much of her inspiration from the local wildlife, pets and people.
Formerly an art director in publishing and advertising, Heather has worked in art education as well as teaching private lessons. She has recently returned to her love of drawing, working primarily in colored pencil and graphite.
Heather is an exhibiting member at Quayside Gallery in downtown Pensacola, Florida and the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, Alabama, the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and the Art and Design Society in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She has won several regional awards for her artwork. Recent awards include:
Merit Award, 2013 Fine Arts Exhibit, Pensacola Interstate Fair, Pensacola, Florida.
First Place, 2013 21st Annual ADSO Southeast Regional Fine Arts Exhibition, Mattie Kelly Arts Center,
Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, Florida
First Place, Photography/Graphics, 2013 Riverwalk Juried Fine Arts Festival (Santa Rosa Arts & Culture Foundation) Milton, Florida
First Place, 2013 "Freedom of Expression" juried online exhibit, Gulf Coast Art Scene, Lousiana-Mississippi-Alabama-Florida
Third Place, 2013 Juried Members' Show (Eastern Shore Art Center) Fairhope, Alabama
Merit Award, 2013 41st Annual "Art in the Park" Juried Festival (Foley Performing Arts Center) Foley, Alabama
Award of Excellence, 2012 Destin Festival of the Arts (Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation) Destin, Florida
Viewer's Choice Award, 2012 Beaux Arts Exhibit (Arts & Design Society) Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Merit Award, 2012 Art in the Park, (Foley Art Center), Foley, Alabama
Merit Award, 2012 Riverwalk Art Festival (Santa Rosa Arts & Culture Foundation) Milton, Florida
Third Place, 2012 Flower Power Exhibit (Arts & Design Society) Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Best in Show, 2012 Birmingham Feline Fanciers Art Show, Birmingham, Alabama
Merit Award, 2011 Art in the Park, (Foley Art Center) Foley, Alabama
First Place Graphic/Drawing/Pastel, 2011 Members' Juried Show (Eastern Shore Art Center) Fairhope, Alabama
Best in Show, 2011 Birmingham Feline Fanciers Art Show, Birmingham, Alabama
2014 Out from the Shadows, the Vault at Artel Gallery, National League of American Pen Women
2014 First City Juried Show, Quayside Gallery, Pensacola, Florida
2014 Nature's People, Quayside Gallery, Pensacola, Florida
2014 Solo Exhibit, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, Florida
2013 Juried Members Show, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida
2013 First City Juried Fine Arts Exhibit, Quayside Gallery, Pensacola, Florida
2012 Juried Members Show, Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida
2015 "Strokes of Genius 7: the Best of Drawing" by North Light Books, "Shepherd Pause" 11 x 14 Scratchboard
2014 December Issue, Colored Pencil Magazine, "Fetching Better Pet Portraits"
2014 Spring Issue, Colored Pencil Student Magazine, "10 Quick Tips on Drawing White Fur"
2014 Mastering the Art of Scratchboard: Presentation to National League of American Penwomen, Videography by Anne Baehr
Heather accepts private commissions. Inquiries may come by email here.