Throughout these past three decades Jonathan has been developing his technique which can be characterised as “painterly realism”, endeavouring to create art works which are both detailed and atmospheric. His inspiration has been derived primarily from places visited (both rural and urban) in his native Scotland. More recently, extended trips to France and to Madeira have generated subject-matter for Jonathan`s work. His paintings can now be found in private and corporate collections throughout the UK and Internationally.
A glance at Jonathan Mitchell`s work since 1990 will reveal that he is very much interested in depicting light. His images often feature a contre-jour lighting perspective where the viewpoint is looking straight into the sun – this generates the heightened tonal contrasts and vivid cast shadows which enable the artist to describe the forms and structures in his landscapes as well as their attendant textures.