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after the show

A great day on Saturday; a thoughtful gallery, all day sun and great folk.

Its a funny thing spending an afternoon with your paintings all hanging in one room together. It’s a good idea to ‘stand back’.

I had some thoughts; about the abstract. I stepped back into studio the next day and after some warm up, watercolor strokes, a few more paintings appeared about the Skagit Valley; forceful, elegant and ever-changing.

A new direction, maybe. These paintings were waiting for me. I welcome them.


talking fields


Talking Fields

February 10, 2018

Listen. The fields, they are talking. The trees. The mountains. The rivers. The wind. They’re all talking.

My time in the Skagit Valley has been remarkable and memorable. I have studied, sketched and painted this sacred landscape over the past 35 years. I have documented its rural agricultural communities which often contain the complex and seemingly contradictory natures of large cities; they straddle both the pastoral—the fertile earth, and the industrial—the grain silo, the railroad siding, and the warehouse.

A single line and a limited palette require the artist to tell the story of place with a crisp economy. Color, temperature, movement, and character are evoked in a few swift strokes. For me as an artist, the drawn line evokes the honest nature of a place, expressing—literally—weight, value, and tone and creates an awareness of the strength of the Skagit but also the importance to preserve what is here.

My show is at the Perry and Carlson Gallery in Mount Vernon until March 1.

Come see.

it’s in the doing, it’s not about the applause.


‘Gathering Evidence’ as a title for my up coming show came easy for me. Being a visitor to another country this past Fall in Italy and France was such an amazing opportunity to do just that; gather. Whether on a train, catching a taxi or sitting in a wonderful cafe, one gathers and absorbs; enjoying a keen awareness of the magic around you.

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This experience is so valuable and yes, comes back ‘tenfold‘ to you in studio. Perhaps my show expresses this magic in bold ways, some subtle and personal too.


I was there and I remember.


gathering evidence, an art show


gathering evidence, a show

A remarkable travel journey of drawing + design.ArtShow_PeterMiller_f

Fall 2017 News


an award

Winning an award with the Alaska Watercolor Society recently is a great honor.

The best is that I send the ‘best of the best’; that which is from the heart.  This work of art, adagio, has an authenticity that I felt proud to exhibit.



clean slate


letting go; clearing the decks….



and a few more… + Happy Summer.

inspiration + influence


In order, starting top left to bottom right:

Tom Hoffmann, Catherine Gill, Alvaro Castegnet, Skip Lawrence, Barbara Fugate, Dawn Emerson, John Singer Sargent, Richard Diebenkorn, Andrew Wyeth…to name a few.

Grand teachers.












The joy I felt in studio yesterday and today was terrific; a process successful as I discover once again; ‘it’s in the doing.’

More discovery of color was certainly the objective but the spontaneity a monotype press can give you is surprising and freeing.


I will continue my color studies; still life next. Why aprons?

Well, I found a  beautiful and meaningful concept describing ‘women’s march’ which is happened in Seattle and worldwide.

Color is a powerful design element I am thoroughly enjoying. Check out that red!

More soon.