About Mimi Proctor Games

Many people in my family painted. Dinner conversation at home was often about art and, as a child, I posed regularly for my grandmother’s painting classes. At the University of Richmond I studied all the art history available, but studio art classes emphasized abstract work, and that wasn’t how I wanted to paint, so I got a BA in Philosophy. Later I earned a MSW at the University of South Carolina and worked in the field of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment, frequently using art as an aid in therapy sessions. Eventually I realized I had to focus on painting.

While living in rural western Massachusetts, I enrolled in a foundation studio program in Greenfield Massachusetts Community College where many of the faculty were involved in the New York art scene. Frequent class trips to NYC and Boston galleries enlarged my my understanding of art. Local artists Barbara Johnson, Jamie Young and Sue Gordon Hillier encouraged me.

Travel impacted my art journey in many ways.

From Virginia I travelled to painting workshops in New Mexico (John Encinias) and Arizona (Kevin McPherson) and to see the original work of the early southwest painters.

During the nine years my daughter lived in Florence, Italy, I visited her often while she studied classical Italian art history. I attended a landscape workshop with Maddine Insalaco in Tuscany and loved visiting the many museums.

An interest in Italian Byzantine art led me to discover that Byzantine art was alive today in the form of Russian Orthodox iconography. I studied with the late Ksenia Potrovski, a Russian chemist who discovered the methods of the early iconographers. Marek Czarnecki, a gifted iconographer who taught with Ksenia, allowed me to become his student. My husband and I went to Russia with a group of international iconographers to experience, first-hand, the technique and contemplative spirituality of icons and see the original prototypes I had been studying.

We were fortunate to live in Bermuda for three years when my husband was hired by a Scottish company to establish an office in Bermuda. We travelled frequently Scotland, Ireland, England, Belgium and France. While in Bermuda, I taught watercolor classes, painted with international painters and exhibited and sold art at The Bermuda National Gallery and The Bermuda Arts Centre in Dockyards. The Anglican Church of Bermuda bought one of my icons to give to the retiring Bishop of Bermuda.

We returned to the USA to live in Person County, North Carolina, to a farm that had been owned by my family since 1776. I helped start the Milton Studio Art Gallery, with potter Shirley Cadmus who continues to operate it. I served on the Person County Arts Council, exhibited and sold art in the area, taught watercolor, and took commissions for icons. I was able to paint landscapes of the old farm buildings.

After enduring family losses and having to sell the farm, oil painting has resumed its proper place in my life. I have benefitted from plein air workshops with noted artists Kathie Odom, Chad Smith, Dawn Whitelaw, and Emily Weinstein. Continuing study with PBS’s David Dunlop is amazing. My watercolorist brother, Arnold Proctor, Jr. and I paint regularly with the Virginia Plein Air Painters.

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