Whitney Mitchell Wirtz

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In my work I aim to create a sense of tranquility and feeling of nurturing as a way of recovering our sense of self in a chaotic world. The art is happy & colorful with contrast and organic marks bringing a deeper sense of movement and interest  in my paintings. I want the you to discover where it might take you- a restful place or somewhere far removed from the everyday and mundane.  I believe art should be more than visual, I want it to be an experience for the viewer. I paint to make us feel that we are all seen, accepted, understood and included in this world as a part of our greater shared experiences.

My current abstract series focuses on the movement and flow of water and the meeting of the sea & sky. I use a mix of acrylic, inks and graphite to explore nature and movement.

As a local Santa Cruz Artist and Interior Designer I work from my home art studio in the Pleasure Point area. I have been drawing, painting and working with three dimensional form since early youth,  I started my studies of art in high school and then continued at Cabrillo College & received my 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, I renewed my 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. 

Im deeply inspired by the natural world, bold color, organic detail & the geological diversity of the California coast. I am the founder & primary designer at Whitney Design Studios and continue to make art an essential part of every day life.    

Upcoming Shows and Exhibitions:

December 3, 2021: Femme & Fellow, Capitola. Water inspired abstracts & interpretive watery landscapes

Previous Solo Shows & Exhibitions:

2020: October, Gather- Santa Cruz, water inspired abstracts & interpretive watery landscapes 

February- Hearts for the Arts, Artisans Gallery

January- Nectar Love, Abstracted waterscapes

Auction for Australia, Willow & Wolfe


November/December- East Side Community Acupuncture, abstracted waterscapes

October- Fybr Downtown, Abstracted waterscapes 

October- Open Studios Artist #173

March/April- April Rose Santa Cruz, abstracted seascapes


October- Open Studios Artist #130

September- Click Click Bang, abstracted seascapes

July- Village Yoga, abstracted seascapes

June- Artisans Gallery, abstract expressions

May- Agency, abstract expressions

February- Hearts for the Arts, Artisans Gallery

April- The Abbey, abstract seascapes


October- Open Studios Artist #


December-  La Raux Salon in Capitola, Abstract expressions and seascapes

June- Bagelry on Seabright: atmospheric abstracts & abstract seascapes

May/December- 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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