Photo of visual artist Steve Miller from 2012

Yep, I’m Steve Miller, but not that Steve Miller. I'm an independent visual artist, freelance graphic designer, amateur musician, and family man living and working in Royal Oak, Michigan.

What I love about painting is that I can follow several different trails and allow the painting process to tell me a story. Through personal observations, experience, intuition, memory, and experimentation, my stories are fabricated.


When painting from life, my desire is to portray a momentary feeling by observing keenly, and composing and capturing perceptual forms of light and shadow.


When painting from imagination, I begin by playing with composition and design, then I read the tealeaves of various brushstrokes, shapes, and colors, and allow subject matter to develop organically through self-reflection, visualization, and trial-and-error.


I like to see what my head, heart, and hand can produce, whether it be captured from observation or from imagination. Either way, I'm able to discover new places, reflect on my thoughts, and develop new narratives pertaining to my personal experience as an artist, designer, musician, father, and husband. That cyclical focus between art, design, and music, as well as my responsibilities as a family man, inspires and informs my work.


I work in acrylic because it allows me the freedom to change directions, it dries fast, it can be applied roughly or delicately, it can be translucent or opaque, and it feels resilient when dry, because it's basically plastic.


Most of the time I work in my studio, which is behind my house, however, occasionally, I'll work en plein air, like when I'm on vacation, or when the weather or light is particularly grand.


Over the summer, I painted large imaginary landscapes inspired by mountain biking in Michigan. Currently, I'm inspired by watching my daughters waste their last days of summer away inside the house, watching tv or staring at their electronic devices. This will most likely  lead to interior paintings of them. Needless to say, my life inspires my art. If this sort of thing interests you, then by all means, let me hear about it on my blog, facebook page, or Instagram.


If you are interested in talking to me, or viewing my art in person, or would like a copy of my CV, etc., please contact me, and I'd be happy to oblige.


Thank you for your interest in my work.