Mitch grew up in the base of the Big Horn Mountains in Sheridan, WY. From an early age he was blessed with with an artistic talent that would eventually pave a path to his career. With a love for the outdoors and a thirst for a good day’s work, Mitch went to work in the oilfields out of High School in 1981, spending the next 14 years in a myriad of fields that included oil exploration drilling, seismograph, water well drilling, crane operator, rig up trucks, work over rigs, and diesel mechanic. Throughout the years in the oilfield, Mitch built an art business on the side designing custom tooled leather pictures and airbrush murals on vehicles among other types of drawings and paintings.
Mitch’s career in the oilfield led him to many states in the western US and eventually to Williston, ND in 1990. In 1995 Mitch was blessed with his new bride, Heidi, and decided to change career paths with the artistic talent he was blessed with. He attended Minot State University in 1997 with plans to acquire a commercial art degree but wasn’t aware of God’s accelerated plan. During his first semester at MSU, he was recommended for an internship at an ad agency in Minot. Mitch was offered a full time position with the agency after working there for only a few months. Upon consulting with his instructor at MSU in regards to the offer, he was encouraged to leave school and take the position.
Eventually, this path opened up an opportunity in Bismarck that would ultimately lead him to the position of Creative Director and co-founder of the web development and design company, Armor Interactive. Mitch is also the owner and proprietor of MPR Models (mprmodels.com). A business where he has married his knowledge and experience from the oilfield with his artistic abilities, designing and building scale model drilling rigs and other oilfield related models for museums, colleges and businesses throughout the US and other countries.