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About

 

Hi. I'm Steve Miller. Not that Steve Miller. I'm a visual artist originally from Norman, Oklahoma. I've made my home for the past 17 years Royal Oak, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.

LookAtMyPaintings.com is my online portfolio and blog. It's where you can... you guessed it, look at my paintings. Scroll down to read my Artist's Statement and Bio. Go to inventory to see what's available for purchase. If you are interested in purchasing my art, or if you have any questions, you may call or email me directly. My contact info is below.

I'm also a freelance graphic designer. My design portfolio is LookAtMyDesigns.com. I recently finished designing a series of book jackets for local historical fiction author T.J. London.

In between art and design projects, one of my hobbies is getting together with friends to make music. I also like to write and record my own stuff with a very minimal setup in my studio. I'll add a page for this kind of thing soon.

Thanks for Looking  -enjoy

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Statement

 

Painting challenges me to see what my head, heart, and hand can produce while reflecting on the people, places, and things that make me pause and think.

I'm a representational yet expressive painter working primarily in acrylic. My images reflect personal observations about my surroundings, friends, and family with the purpose of developing imagery that is both original and relatable.

Concept, composition, and color are my main concerns when painting. I interpret subject matter through observation and imagination, embracing both skillful renderings and loose gestures, often challenging myself to tackle and tame the visual chaos I see in overlooked everyday spaces.

My creative process involves pragmatic planning and intuitive experimentation where I project my sense of humor, my worries and insecurities, my sense of wonder, my personality, and my imagination into painting with the goal of making images that take me and the viewer someplace new.

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Bio

 

Steve Miller was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, and he received his BFA in painting and printmaking from The University of Oklahoma in 1995.

Miller lives in Royal Oak, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, where he and his wife are raising their two daughters. He works out of his studio behind his home and is often inspired by his surroundings.

Art communities throughout S.E. Michigan and beyond recognize his artwork. At home, the City of Royal Oak selected his landscape “Ben Jamin”, which depicts a local viaduct in late winter / early spring, for their 2019-2020 Art Explored program, a yearlong public art exhibition being displayed throughout downtown Royal Oak. In Birmingham, his painting, “Stasis Hiatus” won the Corinne Maillard Robinson Award at the BBAC’s 2019 Michigan Fine Arts Competition, a 5 state juried competition. Within one of his art communities, he won Best-of-Show for his painting "Rocky Climb" in the 2019 Embrace Creatives' online exhibition "Warmth". In Pontiac, Michigan, his painting, “Trail Dreams” won 1st place in the 2018 Canvas Pontiac Art Competition. The Detroit Institute of Arts in 2014 showcased his collaboration with artist Alex Goecke with their “Ofrenda to Robin Williams” in a special exhibition honoring Dia deLos Muertos.

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.

Resume

available upon request

Photo of visual artist Steve Miller from 2012

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