Whitney Mitchell Wirtz

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Whitney's current abstract series focuses on our local surroundings, the power and beauty of the ocean, and the ethereal & atmoshpheric. Of her process, Whitney says "Although most paintings originally have a plan, the painting has a direction and a life of its own on the canvas. It's like an adventure every time I pick up the brush, never knowing where the painting will ultimately take me. Sometimes it's a warm earthy journey and sometimes it's cool, refreshing and misty. I want the viewer to be able to look deeper into the painting and find where it will lead them: back through memories, to a specific place or somewhere far removed from the everyday and mundane. I believe art should be more than a visual notion, I want it to be an experience for the viewer."

A local Santa Cruz Artist and Interior Designer, Whitney works from her home art studio in the Pleasure Point area. She has been drawing, painting and working with three dimensional form since her early youth, where she began her art studies in high school and then continued at Cabrillo College. She went on to receive her Associate of Arts in Design and Humanities and a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and Design Management. After taking an extended absence from painting for over a decade, Whitney renewed her passion for painting in 2015. "I used to do a painting every 2-3 years, but in Spring of 2015 I did a few paintings for my sister's birthday and I haven't been able to stop painting since".

Her inspirations include the natural world, contrasts of light and shadow, bold color, organic detail & the geological diversity of the California coast. She is the founder, owner and resident designer at Whitney Design Studios and continues to make art an essential part of her every day life.    

Upcoming Shows and Exhibitions:

December 2016: La Raux Salon in Capitola, Abstract expressions and seascapes

Previous Solo Shows & Exhibitions:


June 2016: Bagelry on Seabright: atmospheric abstracts & abstract seascapes

May-December 2016: ongoing solo show at Inspire Salon & Spring Pop Up Art Event, group show, Capitola

January- SuperBowl 50 Pregame show, CBS Sports & Studio D productions artist group- Nationally Televised


December- The Pocket Blues Lounge, Santa Cruz

November- Inspire, Capitola

October- Pure Pleasure, Santa Cruz

September- Art of Santa Cruz 3rd Friday Art Walk, Capitola

July / August- Azhar, Santa Cruz

June- Bagelry, Santa Cruz

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