Mitchell was born into a family of educators and artists. Her parents met while teaching in a small public school in the mountains of Puerto Rico. Her father was the band director and her mother was the art teacher. The apple did not fall far from the tree. Mitchell started violin lessons at the age of six and was drawing well before.

When not in her art studio, Mitchell teaches art or music in public schools. She plays violin in Tillicum Chamber Orchestra, and in the Portland Scottish Fiddle Club. Her work is in private collections and has been exhibited in various shows in Europe, Massachusetts and in Oregon. She lives in Portland, Oregon.