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Meet Lola Mitchell

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

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My family is from Argentina but immigrated to Paris for the arts and to escape the political situation there. My father was a fashion photographer, and my mother was a contemporary dancer. She died when I was 5. I stayed in Paris until I was 24 and decided New York looked more exciting. Life and a drummer boyfriend and I ended up in Los Angeles in June 2001. I worked all kinds of different jobs until I started working in Production.

I was always surrounded by art and artists as when I grew up but never really pursued anything. Then I got married and had a child and another. The fact that I was home alone with a baby made me want to experiment. First, it was iPhone photos only. I kept watching artists talks and tutorials and saw one of Brooke Shaden, where she showed an underwater photo.

That was it. I had to try! So I did. I shot my friend and at the time, baby sitter. It was very family oriented. We shot at her mom’s pool; her dad let me borrow his weight belt.

My kids learned how to swim while I shot. They are often right behind me in the pool while I shoot. I taught myself Photoshop with tutorials online and youtube.

Please tell us about your art.
I am an underwater photographer. I mainly shoot in pools. I do not use oxygen but just a weight belt and a mask.

I shoot because it is like a form of meditation for me during and then very inspiring once I sit to look at the photos and start playing on Photoshop.

I think what a person feels when looking at a photo or painting is up to them. I don’t always rationalize why I decided to shoot this or that or why. It is usually a year later that I can tell what I was going through emotionally. Now looking back, it looks like a very private diary.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Just do what you feel like doing without being afraid of the result. What you create will not look like what you see in your head. Be in love with the process and not the results. If passion is there, then results will follow.

I think what made me finally start to create was the fact that I originally just did it for me. It was the first time where I did not have the pressure of making money to live. But now I realize there is always a little time to be creative. I draw for myself, write. All of this creates such an environment of inspiration and growth.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have a website www.lolamitchellfineart.com, an Instagram @sasseefrench. I do sell limited numbered prints through Saatchi. I will be at the Beverly Hills Art Show on May 18, and 19. Booth 169, if people want to come to say hi.

I usually post about my exhibitions in both online platforms. I have a Facebook page, but to be honest I do not always post there anymore.

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Image Credit:
Models are Shelby Flaata, Kristin Lee, Gracie Thompson and Linnea Snyderman

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