Canvas Pontiac 2019

Here’s an easy thing to do. Visit https://www.canvaspontiac.com/2019-handcraft and look at all the artwork submitted to this years handcrafted category of Canvas Pontiac. Click the heart on any entry you feel the love for. I hope you will select my painting Electric Pole as one of your favorite.

I believe this is a juried competition, but the first stage looks like it’s also a popularity contest. So, if you don’t mind sharing with your buds, I hope to see my painting on the side of a building in downtown Pontiac again this year.

Thanks for your support. – sm


Opening Recognition

The MFAC opening was really fun this past Friday. Thanks to everyone who came out to see the show. I was awarded the Corinne Maillard Robinson Award. What a great surprise. Thanks to the juror Jerald Melberg and the BBAC for this recognition.

  • MFAC Opening Evening
  • Gallerist and Juror Jerald Melberg


Art Opening Friday

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center’s

38th Michigan Fine Arts Competition

Meet me at the opening this Friday the 22nd, 6pm-8pm | Awards presented around 7pm.

Artwork selected from the surrounding five state region. My selected artwork:

Stasis Hiatus

The Making of Stasis Hiatus

I hope to see you there.


BBAC’s 38th MFAC

Yay! My painting “Stasis Hiatus” was accepted for the BBAC’s 38th annual, 2019 Michigan Fine Arts Competition.

This will be my fourth time participating in this 5-state regional competition. Come to the opening, and see all the amazing work selected by this years Juror Jerald Melberg.

I hope to see you there.

Exhibition Opens — Fri., Jun. 21; Reception 6-8pm – Awards Presentation around 7pm

Exhibition Closes — Thurs., Aug 22, 5pm

BBAC Gallery Summer Hours
Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm

1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham, MI 48009


Me and Tiff (re-shot)

I asked Larry at Fine Art Printing to reshoot these portrait paintings of Tiff and I, because my shots didn’t accurately represent the originals. As you can see below, the new shots are much better.

Thanks a bunch Larry & Tim. Glad to have your help.


‘Rocky Climb’ Best of Show

Wonderful art news!

So very grateful to be selected not only to participate, but win Best of Show (2D fine art) in EC’s online exhibit ‘WARMTH’ with my painting ‘Rocky Climb‘.

Embrace Creatives YouTube channel: slide show of online exhibition titled Warmth.


My Favorites Exhibition at GPAA

Yay! I'm in the Grosse Pointe News today! Opening tomorrow at 2pm Jan. 26th, @ the War Memorial!

The “My Favorite” exhibition continues through Sunday, March 10. It is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Call (313) 881-3454.


Portrait of my Aunt Marge

acrylic portrait painting by Steve Miller
8×8″, acrylic on wood panel with 1.5″ profile, completed 11/9/18, © Steve Miller 2018

My Aunt Marjory passed away recently. I made this portrait in memory of her as a gift for my California cousins. I haven’t seen that side of my family in decades, and I look forward to joining them soon, as we celebrate the life of this wonderful, joyful, humorous woman.

This portrait was based on the above photo that I believe was taken by my cousin Lynette. I usually work from my own photos, but since this was a surprise, I worked with this image, found on Facebook, that I feel captures her spirit. In the original photo, she was celebrating 50 years of supporting The League of Women Voters.