Works by Bill Mittag

Prairie Encampment
16" x 20" Oil Painting
Artist Bio
Phoenix, AZ - Born in West Texas, Mittag lived 15 miles from the nearest town and as a young boy, had the freedom to roam the countryside on horseback. It was a natural progression to go from his rural childhood and rodeo experiences to incorporating this authenticity into the stories behind the subject matter of his present day art.

Even before he started painting, he spent countless hours looking at the American West through the eyes of Charles Russell and Frederic Remington. Today, Mittag’s own historical paintings follow the Plains Indians of North America during the late 1700 and early 1800’s. The parched landscapes, dotted with camp scenes, tell the story of the west before the vast expanses of land were forever changed by shadowcatchers, soldiers and road builders. Acutely attuned to detail, he devours reference books about various tribes and researches old photographs to add historical and geographical accuracy to each painting.

Mittag’s art has the unique style of the Old Taos Masters, utilizing strong strokes of warm colors while imparting a feeling that the observer has an intimate glimpse of the realities of life in his Native American scenes. Though basically self taught, he has taken workshops from notable instructors at the Scottsdale Artists School and the Cowboy Artists of America.


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