Visually, I’m inspired by big skies, open fields, red dirt, the movement of water, the dance of fire, severe weather, passageways and portals, mountain biking trails, peeling paint, rust, discarded artifacts, road kill, long shadows, and vibrant colors. This is why I’m primarily a representational landscape painter. Abstraction and using my imagination are integral parts of my process, but creating believable emotive places is my goal.

Conceptually, I’m interested in telling stories, sometimes with humor, influenced by my surroundings, about solitude and introspection.

My painting process ebbs and flows between working from observation and imagination. I use digital tools and new technology to experiment and grow my capabilities as a painter. I paint landscapes, still life, and portraits—mining imagery from observation, memory, stream-of-consciousness, and trial and error.

– Steve Miller


Steve Miller is an independent artist, songwriter, musician, and freelance designer. Influenced by his surroundings, introspection shapes his art, whether it be painting, music, or design. He tells visual stories of people, places, and things; both real and imagined.

Miller’s artwork has won awards, and has been showcased in publications and art communities throughout Michigan, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia, and California. 

During the height of the Covid pandemic lockdown, in addition to participating in multiple regional online exhibits, Miller started a band. Well, actually a songwriting partnership with his friend and fellow songwriter Doug Shimmin. Working remotely, they traded files back and forth and released two full-length albums in 2020 under the name Covid Bros. Their freshman release Essential Works won a Gold Award from The Side Show, an awards showcase for the advertising community. Their music can be found on all streaming platforms.

The son of a psychology professor, Miller was born and raised in the college town of Norman, Oklahoma. He completed his BFA in painting and printmaking at the University of Oklahoma in 1995. After graduating he spent a decade working as an Art Director in advertising agencies in Dallas and Chicago. He and his wife moved to Michigan in 2002 where he started working as a freelance designer and a full-time artist. In 2006, they started their family and Miller chose to be a stay-at-home dad.

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.

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


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