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 Lloyd Jenning Mitchell  (1909 - 1978)

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Lived/Active: California/Arkansas      Known for: horse, genre-western, portrait

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
This information is provided by Linda Mitchell Griffith, niece of Lloyd J. Mitchell:

Lloyd J. Mitchell was born December 21, 1909 in the Ozark Mountains near Van Buren, Arkansas at the edge of Indian Territory. Mitchell's life was a colorful one, with an early love of horses. His father was a horse trader/trainer and Lloyd began riding before he was tall enough to climb onto a horse himself. He used a rope to pull himself up to the saddle.

His interest in art began early, too, and, as most boys of his age, he began drawing Indians, horses and cowboys. At the age of 16 he left home to work at ranches in Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma. In the early thirties he traveled to California and found work as a movie extra in Westerns featuring Bob Steele, Bill Cody, Tom Mix, Ken Maynard, Iron Eyes
Cody (who became a life-long friend) and others.

During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard a minesweeper in the Pacific theater. Using the back of maps and charts, he filled an entire scrapbook with sketches and watercolors of battles and shipboard life. It includes a portrait of Henry Fonda, who posed for Mitchell while both were attending Quartermaster school in San Diego.

After the war ended, he settled in Temple City, California with this wife, Donna. Although successful in business ventures, he found that painting was always foremost in his mind. In the late 1940's, he studied at the Chouinard Art Institute under noted Western artists, Henry Good and Will Foster. He later studied under Ejnar Hansen, Robert Frame, and Sam Hyde Harris. He was also
influenced by his good friend, George Ford Morris.

Mitchell was a member of the American Institute of Fine Arts, American Indian and Cowboy Art Society, The Westerners, Southland Art Association and the Los Angeles Corral. His painting "The Country Store" was purchased by Nancy Reagan for her home. Her husband, Ronald Reagan, picked it to hang in his office while he was Governor of California. In the 1970's, Mitchell's "Skinny Saloon" series of paintings became popular and were published as prints and greeting cards by the Leanin' Tree Ranch publishing company of Colorado. They still sell to this day.

During his career, his work featuring horses, cowboys, Indians and western landscapes, won numerous cash awards, prizes and honors in prestigious shows. His work was featured in many magazines and news articles. As a noted humorist, he was a popular speaker and was in great demand as a judge and painting demonstrator. His work was represented in art galleries throughout southern California. Lloyd J. Mitchell passed away in July of 1978, in Sun City, California.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Lloyd Jenning Mitchell was born in Arkansas on Dec. 21, 1909. Raised in the Ozarks, Mitchell left home in his teens and traveled throughout the West. In the early 1930s he arrived in Los Angeles and worked briefly as an extra in western movies. He studied at the Chouinard Art School while employed at Western Lithography. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he returned to southern California and settled in Temple City. Mitchell painted illustration art (often for calendars) and western genre. He died in Riverside, CA on July 19, 1978.

Member: San Gabriel AA; Desert Art Center.
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