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Low Country Mauve

Chris Mitts

Chris comes from a photographic and printmaking background.
She grew up in Chicago where she received a degree in broadcasting from Columbia College. The city offered many urban photo opportunities, and her day job with WBBM and WFMT allowed her to bring her film camera along. A family move took her to Hawaii, bringing her to the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she burned a lot of film and refined her darkroom experience. From Honolulu
she moved to Athens Ga. and began photographing antebellum historic buildings, resulting in some excellent local
media commissions. She was a docent & became President at the Georgia Museum of Art.







After deciding her love/hate relationship with photoshop was more hate than love, Chris’ search for other artistic avenues of fulfillment ultimately lead her to pastel painting. Handling pure color pigments and making a painting is both frustrating and challenging.
As her work evolves, it becomes more colorful and looser and vastly different from her crisp & clear photography work.


Here in Ft Myers Beach, she follows her photographic inclinations and paints en plein air, trading her photo tripod for an easel.
She’s a member of the Fort Myers Beach Art Assn. and received an honorable mention for her pastel painting “Just Hanging Out”.

As of August 2021 Chris is full time resident of Ft. Myers Beach. Each change of residence brought an end to one art form and the introduction to another. She’s thrilled to find the Southwest Florida Pastel Society and delighted to be working with like-minded artists; along with the opportunity to study with visiting pastel masters. Being surrounded by all of Florida’s beauty inspires my pastel painting.


Awards and Recognitions

•  People magazine published her 1st ever Lake Shore Drive skyline air show.

•  Won 2nd place in the Chicago Tribune’s Daley center exhibition of Venetian Night on Monroe Harbor.  

•  10 images published in the coffee table book, Sunday in Hawaii

•  Her photographs were accepted for exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art – now in the private collection of Senator Mazie Hirono

•  Screen print “Ruby Doris” is part of the Honolulu Printmakers collection at the Doris Duke Shangrila Museum.

•  Chris’ “Three Minute Buddha” has regularly appeared in the series Lost and she was represented by Cedar Street Galleries.

•  In Bluffton, SC she rediscovered photography with infrared work, winning many local awards.

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