Henry Mitchell is editor of Mitchells Publications, a venture which he and his wife Patricia began in 1973. Since then they have together explored numerous topics under the Mitchells banner, and continue to do so today with the added participation of their children Sarah, David, and Jonathan.
Their first publishing effort was The Community Standard magazine in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Simultaneously they operated Mitchells Regional Crafts and Art, where explanatory printed material accompanied the merchandise. Later they focused their cameras and writing on historical and natural assets of their native Southside Virginia, distributing postcards and providing photography services including heirloom restoration. For over twenty years they provided B&B accommodations for Virginia travelers at their historic property, the Sims-Mitchell House. For fifteen years Henry also operated a planetarium in their hometown of Chatham for the local school system, a responsibility which included constant writing and photography, again with emphasis on local nature and history. In the meantime Patricia developed her extensive Inkling Series of American food history publications, with the assistance of Henry, Sarah, David, and Jonathan. They now also offer numerous regional and local web guides and hundreds of related web articles.
Patricia's Inkling Series books are Henry's largest editorial effort in ink-on-paper, available directly from the Mitchells and at museums and specialty bookstores throughout America. An additional large body of publishing is accessible within the Mitchell family's websites.
Henry's drawings are found on and in many of Patricia's books, and he has produced several editions of etchings of New Orleans and Charleston. During 2005 he designed a public memorial for beloved Chatham lamplighter Joe White. He experimentally developed Counterpoint Art Prints, a digital technique which emulates the results of traditional etching, soft ground, drypoint, and aquatint printmaking methods.
Henry's academic background is in electrical engineering (he served as a U.S. Air Force Communications Officer) and mathematical systems analysis. However, it is not hard to find the roots of his interest in graphic arts. His mother was prolific artist Mary Helvey Mitchell. His great-grandfather Timothy E. Mitchell was one of the first studio photographers in antebellum southwest Virginia, and his father J. T. W. Mitchell was a lifelong photographer as well.
Henry's passion involves neglected and forgotten treasures, literal and philosophical, and helping others to make connections with them.
(See online articles and Counterpoint Art Prints by Henry Mitchell.)
This website and its HenryHMitchell.com portal are sponsored by Mitchells Publications.
Copyright © 2003–2011 Patricia B. Mitchell.