After four decades as a top-tier advertising and graphic design professional, Dick Mitchell has transitioned to painting in earnest.
Dick is a rancher and horseman. Most of his work is created from a passion for the international equine sport of Reining. Though Reining is a Western sport like Cutting, Dick’s canvases are more contemporary than traditional cowboy narratives. As many enthusiasts have noted, his canvases capture the expression of a competitive horse. His Reining paintings are not portraits of individual horses or visual depictions of conformation. He chooses to paint the athletes exactly the way they are judged in the show pen -- performing the powerful, dynamic athletic maneuvers of sliding stops and spins correctly on a loose rein. As a former competitor and APHA Reserve World Champion, Dick believes that emotion coupled with motion is more important than the true identity of the rider or horse.
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r.d. Mitchell Professional Recognition:
National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society 2019 Best of America Small Painting National Juried Exhibition
Creative Quarterly No.54, Selected for Inclusion
All Three Paintings Included, Center for Contemporary Art 2018 National Juried Exhibition, Curated by James Surls
Two Paintings Included American Academy of Equine Artists 38th Annual Open Juried Exhibition
Beeville Art Museum Annual Texas Artists Exhibition 2018
Studio Visit Magazine, Selected for Inclusion
Creative Quarterly No.52, Selected for inclusion
SouthWest Artists, Inc., 2018 Small Works National Juried Exhibition
One of Twelve Paintings Accepted, McKinney Performing Arts Center "Unique by Nature" 2018 Juried Exhibition, Curated by Karl Buchberg, Retired Senior Curator, MoMA, and J. Patrick Cooney
First Place Oil Painting, Center for Contemporary Art 2017 National Juried Exhibition, Curated by Randy Meador
Art Muse Finalist (October 2017)
Art Muse Distinctive Merit Award (September 2017)
Second Place 2D, Plano Art Association 125 Show (2017)
Library of Congress Inclusion
New York Art Directors Club, Two Time Gold Medalist
New York Art Directors Club, Silver Medalist
New York Art Directors Club, Distinctive Merit Awards
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Inclusions and Juror
New York Society of Illustrators, Inclusions
Communication Arts (CA), Inclusions and Juror
1998, Dallas Society of Visual Communications, honored as, "One who has made the most significant contribution to the advancement of creative standards in the Southwest United States."
Distinguished Alumnus, East Texas State University (Texas A&M University, Commerce)
2009 American Paint Horse Association Reserve World Champion
National Reining Horse Association Member, Non Pro Competitor License
Southwest Reining Horse Association Member
American Academy of Equine Art Member
National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society Member