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Rising Stars: Meet Tommy Mitchell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tommy Mitchell.

Hi Tommy, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
As a kid, I always was drawing when I wasn’t outside playing.

I would draw all of my interests at the time from comics to magazine covers, sports cards, and cartoons. As I became older, I stuck with drawing a myriad of things to have a vast inventory of ideas to pull from.

Once I learned about the “art world” I centralized my focus on portraiture and looked for it to open the doors to countless opportunities in the arts.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Depends on how one looks at it.

I expected to learn a lot on the journey and take my experiences as well as others and put that to good use. I guess I looked at “struggle” as an opportunity or lack of information.

It was a gift in a sense because creating it let me know in real-time what I needed to add to my tool kit to advance my ideas or vision for wanting my work to be.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a creative that specializes in juxtaposing ballpoint pen and acrylic (for now).

I’m proud of doing everything (so far) that I said I was going to do early on in this journey. I told myself the creative side will be easy, learning the business and marketing side will help me grow and expand.

I’ve always said I wanted my work to open up doors and opportunities outside of the field and it has done so tenfold.

I’m thankful and blessed to continue to be focused on being a light and a vessel for those on their journey and sharing my path to help them along with theirs.

I don’t think it’s for me to say what sets me apart but I hope others would say my work and what I do stands alone.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
Baltimore is beautiful. I love the culture of the city, everyone here represents Baltimore with pride.

The people have character and it makes the city enjoyable for visitors and transplants alike.

I don’t think there’s anything I “dislike” about the city. There’s opportunity in the government/ public sector as far as taking care of the city but that’s a story for another day.

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