Me

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Hi. I’m Steve Miller, a visual artist, musician, and graphic designer, as well as husband and father. Originally from Norman, Oklahoma, I’ve made my home for the past 19 years, Royal Oak, Michigan. It’s a suburb of Detroit.

Thanks for visiting LookAtMyPaintings.com. This is my fine art site. There’s a story behind each painting, and most of my paintings have short descriptions available to read when you click on them. If you’d like to gain a deeper understanding of my process or motivations, feel free to scroll down and read my Artist Statement. Or, if you’d like to learn more about my path as an independent artist, feel free to download my Bio and CV. Also, if you have any questions, just contact me below. I will get back to you shortly.


Once upon a time, I was a Sr. Art Director in Advertising at agencies in Dallas and Chicago. I left the industry in 2002 to pursue my art full-time, and in 2006, to raise our girls as a stay-at-home dad. Since moving to Michigan, I’ve enjoyed working as a freelance graphic designer where I design logos, print materials, and websites for people following their passions. My design portfolio is LookAtMyDesigns.com.


During the start of this Covid pandemic, my good friend Doug Shimmin and I started writing songs together by passing audio files back and forth responding to the craziness of 2020. Under the name Covid Bros., we crafted our first full-length album called Essential Works and released through CD Baby on June 28, 2020. Then we followed that release with our second album called 2nd Wave on Dec. 3rd. To read about those projects and to listen to the albums go to CovidBros.band our official website, or search us up anywhere you download or stream music.


Also, as a hub for all of these endeavors as well as any future ones, check out STVMLR.com.

After all, Everything I Do Is A Hobby -enjoy

Everything I Do Is A Hobby – by STVMLR 2019 – indie country

Privacy Settings, 12.25” x 12.25”, acrylic on canvas, © Steve Miller 2020, 4/24/20 - 5/1/20

Artist Statement

Painting is my sixth sense. I look closely, think deeply, and feel strongly about a subject when painting. But, until I envisage my perceptions through hand and heart, I have not made a real connection. I’m not talking about simply portraying what I see accurately onto canvas. The path I take is always unknown and open to interpretation and experimental. The connection is only made after overcoming failure and embracing discovery. Of course, the interpretation of the subject is curated, justified, and parts are completely made-up. What’s important to me is the experience of trying to turn an object, landscape, or figure that inspires me into art. It’s exercise, and it’s work. The more I do it, the more I see, and the more I work, the better I understand myself.

Growing up in Oklahoma, I was inspired by big skies, open fields, and red dirt. I also admired the Taos and Santa Fe art scene and was drawn to the artists dramatic and experimental use of color.

My art is a response to my surroundings, personal relationships, and life experiences. I fabricate a world full of vibrant color and self-deprecating humor. My personality is evident in every painting. And, every painting is a reflection of the world as I see it. For example, my Self Portrait With a Tin Foil Hat is a humorous commentary on the paranoia of the times we’re living in. And, my landscapes are often invented and have multiple focal points, manipulated color, and movement, drawing the viewer into a place fabricated for a momentary escape.

– Steve Miller


Bio

Steve Miller, is a painter inspired by his surroundings and personal relationships. He is a visual story teller who combines his observations, feelings, and memories into surreal landscapes, domestic still life paintings, genre paintings, and portraits of family and friends.

Born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, Miller completed his BFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. While there, Miller was inspired by wide open landscapes, Oklahoma skies, and red dirt. He also credits his painting professors Carol Beesley, George Bogart, and Edgar Heap-of-Birds for giving him an appreciation for traditional and contemporary art concepts and techniques, while exploring his own desire to tell personal narratives with a self-deprecating sense of humor.

After graduating he spent a decade using his visual story-telling skills working as an art director at select advertising agencies in Dallas and Chicago. Then in 2002, he and his wife moved to Michigan and started their family, and he started painting full-time. Miller chose to be a stay-at-home-dad while he worked on developing his art career.

Fortunately, art communities throughout Michigan and beyond recognize his artwork. In Birmingham, he won the Corinne Maillard Robinson Award at the BBAC’s 38th Michigan Fine Arts Competition, a 5 state juried competition. The City of Royal Oak selected one of his landscapes for their 2019-2020 Art Explored program, a multi-yearlong public art exhibition. In Pontiac, he won 1st place in the 2018 Canvas Pontiac Art Competition, awarded by Barbara Heller of The Detroit Institute of Arts. The DIA also exhibited his “Offrenda to Robin Williams” in a 2014 Dia de Los Muertos exhibition. Beyond Michigan, Miller’s artwork has been written about and showcased in publications and galleries in Oklahoma and Texas, where he used to live, and in Colorado, Mississippi, and Virginia. Rolling Rock beer licensed his artwork for a national campaign, printing his painting on 12 million 12-packs and reproducing it as a poster giveaway.

Steve is down to earth and his art inspires his community. His artwork has helped support numerous fundraising events and local charities. He’s helped local businesses, a preschool, and a children’s hospital brighten their walls and entryways with his art. Steve cares about his community and uses his creative powers for good. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he is focused on responding artistically and musically to the feelings we are all sharing during this crazy time. Mostly, his work has been exhibited only virtually durning the pandemic, but he is looking forward to new opportunities. You can find his visual response on his website LookAtMyPaintings.com or through his social media accounts, Instagram @stevemillerart or facebook.com/stevemillerart. You can find his musical response by listening to Covid Bros., his band, wherever you stream or download your music, or visit CovidBros.band.


Photo of the Hiatus - Steve Miller's art, design, and music studio.

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