Whitney Mitchell Wirtz

My recent abstract series focuses on our natural local surroundings, the power and beauty of the ocean, and the ethereal & atmoshpheric properties of the coast. Of my painting process, it sometimes starts with a plan but frequently it’s just a feeling. The art has a direction and a life of its own on the canvas. It’s like an adventure every time I pick up the brush, but my ultimate goal is for the viewer to be able to look into the painting and find where it will lead them. I believe art should be more than a visual notion, I want it to be an experience for the viewer.

I am a local Santa Cruz Artist and Interior Designer working from my home art studio in the Pleasure Point area. I have been drawing & painting since early youth and studied art at Cabrillo College. I then went on to receive my Associate of Arts in Design and Humanities and a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and Design Management. After taking an extended absence from painting for over a decade, I renewed my passion for painting in 2015. It started with a special request commission for a birthday and I haven’t been able to stop painting since. I now know that painting is not something I do, but rather an extension of myself.

My inspirations include the natural world, contrasts of light and shadow, beautiful color, organic detail & the geological diversity of the California coast. I am the founder, owner and principle designer at Whitney Design Studios where I continue to make art an essential part of my every day life.    

Upcoming Shows and Exhibitions:

June 2017: Lupulo Craft Beer House First Friday with the show hanging from May 18th to Early August

May 2017: CBS Sports & Studio D Productions artist for the Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championhips in Las Vegas, Nationally Televised

Previous Solo Shows & Exhibitions:


December 2016: La Raux Salon in Capitola, Abstract expressions and seascapes

June 2016: Bagelry on Seabright: atmospheric abstracts & abstract seascapes

May-December 2016: ongoing solo show at Inspire Salon & Spring Pop Up Art Event, group show, Capitola

January- SuperBowl 50 Pregame show, CBS Sports & Studio D productions artist – Nationally Televised


December- The Pocket Blues Lounge, Santa Cruz

November- Inspire, Capitola

October- Pure Pleasure, Santa Cruz

September- Art of Santa Cruz 3rd Friday Art Walk, Capitola

July / August- Azhar, Santa Cruz

June- Bagelry, Santa Cruz

Mixed Media, Painting