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Lee Mitchelson




I create Traditional Realism paintings of animals.  I also do custom pet art, on a commission basis

Member, Oil Painters of America, Artists and Biologists Unite for Nature (ABUN) and Charter member of the National Museum of Women in the Arts


Artists and Biologists Unite for Nature (ABUN) Granite Dells Preservation Foundation "Spring for the Dells" Invitational Benefit Auction, May 16, 2020  __________________________________________________________________________________

Lee Mitchelson art joins the collection of Rasmus Stoklund Holm-Nielsen, Danish Parliament, Denmark


"Facing the Wind" Public Education Invitational traveling exhibit about the plight of Wild Horses and Burros on our public lands. Curated by Michael Golembeski, The Wind Dancer Foundation

Southwest Art Magazine, Annual Collector's Issue 2018-19,  "Special Portfolio, 12 Artists, 12 Distinct Styles" Southwest Art Magazine, Annual Collector's Issue 2018-19,  "Special Portfolio, 12 Artists, 12 Distinct Styles"



Lee Mitchelson is a member of Oil Painters of America, ABUN (Artists and Biologists Unite for Nature) and was one of the original charter members of The National Museum of Women in the Arts.  Lee does Traditional Realism mixed-media and oil paintings of animals, animals with their people, and landscape impressionism - some are plein air, and some are studio paintings. Occasionally, she creates earth-element abstracts. Lee's paintings are available directly from her studio and via Daily Paintworks, and through Facebook and Instagram (@leemitchelsonart) and, of course, through her website https://www.leemitchelsonart.com.

Lee is an internationally known artist with paintings in collections in 11 countries,  most recently joining the collection of Rasmus Stoklund Holm-Nielsen, Danish Parliament, Denmark.

Lee welcomes commission art inquiries, and has painted more than 1000 beloved pets for their owners. Lee's animal art is owned by notables such as Robert Vavra, William Shatner, The James A. Michener Estate, the DuPont and Daniel C. Gainey families, Nathaniel Brandon, John Bradshaw, Bo Derek, Rudolf Martin and many more.

Lee's devotion to animal welfare, combined with an inborn artistic talent, evolved into a professional Fine Art career spanning forty years. She was personally selected by esteemed horse photographer, Robert Vavra, to illustrate two of his horse books, "The Unicorn of Kilimanjaro" and "Vavra's Horses: Ten of the World's Most Beautiful Equines". She also illustrated explorer William Wheeler's book, "Alive in Africa". Lee has art in the permanent collection of The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and a first edition Vavra's book she illustrated in The Museum of the Horse. 

Lee has dedicated her life and her art to focusing the light of compassion on all animals. The protection of companion animals and wildlife, including our wild and domestic horses and burros, is of vital importance to her. She has used her art to advocate for, and fund, animal rescue work her entire life. She contributes to numerous wildlife and domestic animal rescue efforts from the sale of her paintings, and supports her own rescue, Star View Lifetime Sanctuary. Star View is a permanent sanctuary for over twenty senior and special-needs animals including horses, dogs, cats, and exotic birds. It is the proverbial "soft place to fall", and the animals are protected for the balance of their lives.