My acrylic, figurative, landscape and portrait paintings are inspired by the people, places, and things that make me pause, think, and smile. Derived from observation and imagination, my paintings reflect on my personal journey, as I explore my surroundings. I like to see what my head, heart, and hand can produce.
Steve was born in Norman, Oklahoma in 1970. He lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with his wife and daughters. He's an independent visual artist and freelance designer, as well as a hobby musician and songwriter. He likes to capture life’s moments and personal observations through painting and songwriting.
Art communities throughout S.E. Michigan and beyond recognize his artwork. Recently, his painting, “Trail Dreams” won 1st place in the 2018 Canvas Pontiac art competition. He followed that up by winning Best-of-Show for his painting "Rocky Climb" in the 2019 Embrace Creatives' online exhibition "Warmth". He is a three-time BBAC's MFAC participant, and his “Ofrenda to Robin Williams” collaboration with fellow artist, Alex Goecke was showcased at the Detroit Institute of Arts and featured in their promotion of the exhibition the following year.
Steve's art has been recognized outside of art communities as well. Rolling Rock beer once licensed his art for a national promotion where his painting was printed on 12 million 12-packs and offered as a promotional poster giveaway. Blue Moon beer hired him to paint live at a bar. Local businesses have displayed and/or purchased his work for their grand opening celebrations. And, he's brightened up a dark entryway with a mural at his kids preschool, and bartered a painting in exchange for tuition.
Steve cares about his community and likes to use his creative powers for good. He has donated multiple paintings to various fundraisers to support organizations that help others with financial and/or health concerns. He helps when and where he can, taking on projects that could benefit from his creative talents.
2019 WARMTH, Embrace Creatives, LLC, online exhibition, Juried by Andrea Bogart and the Selection Committee
2019 Grosse Pointe Artists Association, My Favorites, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI Juried by the Exhibition Committee
2018 Canvas Pontiac Art Competition, Pontiac, MI. Juried by Barbara Heller, Director and Conservator of Special Projects
2017 Grosse Pointe Artists Association, 79th Annual Members Show, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Juried by The Exhibition Committee
2016 Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Our Rivers, Our Lakes Exhibition, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Juried by Christine Hagedorn
2014 OFRENDA ALTAR EXHIBITION, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI Juried by Carrie Morris and the DIA selection committee
2018 Art on Wheels Celebration, Live Painting Demo, Alley Cat Café, Pontiac, MI. Invitation by Charlene Dwyer
2015 BLUE MOON Live Painting Demo, Art and Jakes Sports Bar, Shelby Twnshp, MI. Invitation by Joe Lafata
COMMUNITY TEACHING WORKSHOPS
2018 Plein Air Drawing Workshop, Girl Scout Troop 70261, Royal Oak, MI
2017 Digital Trends in Art, Presentation, Grosse Pointe Artists Association, War Memorial, Grosse Pointe, MI
2013 Artist Volunteer, Boys & Girls Club, Royal Oak, MI
2019 Best of Show, fine 2D art, WARMTH, Embrace Creatives, LLC online exhibition, Juried by Andrea Bogart and the Exhibition Committee
2018 1st PLACE, CANVAS PONTIAC ART CONTEST, Pontiac, MI. Juried by Barbara Heller, Director and Conservator of Special Projects.
2019 Salann Magazine, first edition
2019 Grosse Pointe News, Artists Talk About Their Favorites by staff
2014 CriticCar Detroit, Highlights Ofrenda Altars Exhibit & Artist Talk
2014 CriticCar Detroit, Steve Miller & Alex Goecke @ Ofrenda Altars Exhibit & Artist Talk
2014 C&G Newspapers, The Royal Oak Review, Dads connect at Northwood, shine at Day of the Dead exhibition, by Victoria Mitchell, C&G staff writer
2014 ROYAL OAK PATCH, Two Royal Oak Dads Team Up to Design Ofrenda, By Beth Dalby, Patch staff writer
1995 B.F.A. Painting And Printmaking, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK