Bio

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.”

Mitch resides in the desert southwest in Mesa, Arizona with his wife and children.  He is a Signature Member of the following organizations: Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Societ and the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA).

Education

BFA – Brigham Young University, Illustration

Awards & Exhibitions

  • 2017 – Best of Show, Cape Ann Plein Air Exhibit. Juror: Hanson, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
  •  2017 – Membership in the Plein Air Painters of America organization
  •  2017 – Oil Painters of America: Western Regional Exhibition, Illume Gallery, St. George, UT
  •  2017 – American Impressionist Society 18th National Exhibition. Montgomery Lee Fine Art, Park City, UT
  •  2017 – The Russell Auction, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT
  •  2016 – Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America: Western Regional Exhibition, Marshall Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  •  2016 – Best Use of Light, Award of Excellence, Cape Anne Plein Air Invitational, Rockport Art Association, Rockport, MA
  •  2016 – Oil Painters of America: National Exhibition, Southwest Gallery, Dallas, TX
  •  2015 – Award of Excellence, American Impressionist Society 16th National Exhibition. Juror: Anderson, Trailside Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
  •  2015 – Oil Painters of America:  Virtuosos Master & Signature Member Exhibition, Salmundgundi Club, New York, NY
  •  2015 – Award of Excellence, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Exhibition, Teton National Park, WY
  •  2014 – 3rd Place, Oil Painters of America’s Fall 2014 Signature Member Showcase, Crystal Lake, IL
  •  2014 – Merit Award & Alcantara Award, Sedona Plein Air. Juror: McVickers & Higby, Sedona, AZ
  •  2014 – Oil Painters of America: National Exhibition, Bennington Center of the Arts, Bennington, VT
  •  2013 – American Impressionist Society 14th National Exhibition, M Gallery of Fine Art, Charleston, SC
  •  2013 – Animal Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America: National Exhibition. Juror: Mcgraw, Insight Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX
  •  2013 – Finalist, ARC International Salon, Art Renewal Center, Glenham, NY
  •  2012 – Honorable Mention, Gilcrease Museum Collectors’ Reserve: American Art Exhibition, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
  •  2012 – Honorable Mention, American Impressionist Society 13th National Exhibition, Eckert & Ross Fine Art, Indianapolis, IN
  •  2012 – Oil Painters of America: Western Regional Exhibition, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
  •  2012 – 2nd Place, National SourceTek Competition. Juror: Anton, Smith. SourceTek, Scottsdale, AZ
  •  2012 – American Art Invitational Exhibition, Saks Gallery, Denver, CO
  •  2012 – Weekend in the West Invitational Exhibition, Evergreen Fine Art Gallery, Evergreen, CO
  •  2012 – Windows to the Divine Invitational Exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
  •  2012 – First Prize & Honorable Mention, Plein Air Magazine Salon Competition, Plein Air Magazine, Boynton Beach, FL
  •  2012 – Finalist, ARC International Salon, Art Renewal Center, Glenham, NY

Publications

  • Southwest Art Magazine, January 2013, feature titled ‘Engaging the Senses’, Norman Kolpas
    The link is: http://www.southwestart.com/featured/baird-m-jan2013
  • Southwest Art Magazine, November 2010, 21 Over 31, Bonnie Gangelhoff
  • Southwest Art Magazine, January 2010, Artist to Watch – Editors’ Choice, Bonnie Gangelhoff