Hi. I’m Steve Miller, 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 fine art portfolio and information site. I’m an independent artist, not currently represented. So, if you find something you love and want to inquire about it, feel free to contact me directly.
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, raise my girls as a stay-at-home dad. Since moving to Michigan, I’ve enjoyed working as a freelance graphic designer where I design logos and print materials for local businesses. My design portfolio is LookAtMyDesigns.com.
Also, once upon a time, I was a drummer in a few bands in the late eighties to mid-nineties in Norman, Oklahoma. Good times playing with good friends. Fast forward to today, and I still play the drums, but I also write and record and collaborating with good friends to make good music. To explore that music go to STVMLR.com.
And one more thing. During the lockdown orders of the Covid pandemic, I started writing songs with my friend and we put out an album. To read about that project and to listen to the album go to CovidBros.band our official website or CovidBros.hearnow.com a one page site with an audio player incase you don’t have a music streaming account.
Thanks for Looking and Listening -enjoy
Narrative painting is how I respond to personal relationships, feelings, and observations. I paint what I see, think, and feel about my domestic, suburban, and rural surroundings. I like to challenge my head, heart, and hand.
My paintings capture nostalgic and thoughtful moments. They explore fears and insecurities. They call attention to often overlooked landscapes. They visualize feelings that are often hard to communicate verbally. And, like me, sometimes they’re funny.
Working intuitively yet deliberately, my process combines techniques of painting from life and from imagination. Some of my paintings are done on location, but most of them are done in the studio. I’ve been using acrylics since the early nineties, and prefer the medium for its simplicity. Any perceived transparency in my work is developed by color mixing and layering rather than by adding special gel mediums to the paint. A fine mist spray bottle keeps my palette wet and canvas fluid as needed.
Even though acrylic dries quickly, painting takes a lot of time. And there’s never enough of it. I spend most of that time in my own thoughts. I just want something to show for it. Painting helps me reflect and experience my life more fully. And, it allows me the opportunity to share and connect my personal experiences as an artist, father, husband, musician, mountain bike rider, jogger, handyman, etc. with others.
– Steve Miller
Steve Miller’s Artist Statement represented as a Vinn Diagram.
Steve Miller is a narrative painter, songwriter, and graphic designer who is inspired by personal relationships, suburban surroundings, and existential questions.
Born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, Miller completed his BFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Oklahoma in 1995. Royal Oak, a Detroit suburb has been his home for the past 17 years.
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 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’s 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 to the feelings we are all sharing during this self-quarantine time period. You can find his visual response on his site LookAtMyPaintings.com or through his Instagram account @stevemillerart or facebook.com/stevemillerart.
RESUME – SELECT
1995 B.F.A. Painting And Printmaking, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
2008 Slippery Slope, 555 Gallery, Detroit, MI
2006 Streams of Consciousness, Synergy Gallery, Berkley, MI
2006 Wanderlust, Studio 1219, Port Huron, MI. Invitation by David Stoneburg, Director
2005 Trophy Husband, Plymouth Community Arts Council, Plymouth, MI
2020 39th Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Kevin Grogan
2020 Lockdown 2020, online art exhibit, Scarab Club, Detroit, MI
2020 Juried Adult Online Art Exhibit, Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens, MI, Juried by Executive Director, Phil Gilchrist, and Exhibition Manager, Stephanie Hazzard
2020 All Media Exhibition, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI, Juried by Dr. Hubert Massey
2019 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, The Scarab Club, Detroit, MI, Juried by Mario Moore
2019 Arts Explored Public Art Installation, City of Royal Oak, Royal Oak, MI, Selected by the Royal Oak Commission for the Arts.
2019 38th Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Jerald Melberg
2019 Warmth, Embrace Creatives, LLC, online exhibition, Juried by Andrea Bogart and the Selection Committee
2019 My Favorites, Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, Juried by the Exhibition Committee
2018 Canvas Pontiac Art Competition, Pontiac, MI. Juried by Barbara Heller, Director and Conservator of Special Projects
2017 79th Annual Members Show, Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Juried by The Exhibition Committee
2016 Our Rivers, Our Lakes Exhibition, Grosse Pointe Artists Association, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. Juried by Christine Hagedorn
2015 Smallish, The Gallery at Marygrove College, Detroit, MI, Invitation by Tim Gralewski
2014 Ofrenda Altar Exhibition, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit MI, Juried by Carrie Morris and the DIA selection committee
2014 The Halloween Art Show, Blick Art Materials, Royal Oak, MI, Invitation by Geoff Harris
2008 Domestic Bliss, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI, Invitation by Mary Fortuna
2008 Process, Anton Art Center, Mt. Clemens, MI, Invitation by Alison Wong
2008 27th Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Brian Rutenberg
2007 Summer Solstice, The Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, MI, Invitation by Karen Thomas, owner
2006 25th Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Jerry Berger
2006 Dog Days of Summer, The Biddle Gallery, Wyandotte, MI, Invitation by Karen Thomas, owner
2005 Our Town 20th Anniversary, The Community House and DaimlerChrysler, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Gregory Winkopp
2005 24th Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Susan Wilczak
2005 Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Avenue Gallery, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Ashley Bennett-Stoddard and Pamela Findleton
2004 P.F. Galleries, Clawson, MI
2004 Actual Size Biennial, Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI, Curated by Phaedra Robinson
2004 Michigan Artists Show, Avenue Gallery, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Ashley Bennett-Stoddard and Pamela Findleton
2003 MichiganNow, The Michigan Institute for the Arts, Detroit, MI, Curated by Jef Bourgeau
2019 Corinne Maillard Robinson Award, Michigan Fine Arts Competition, BBAC, Birmingham, MI, Juried by Juried by Jerald Melberg
2019 Best of Show, fine 2D art, WARMTH, Embrace Creatives, LLC online exhibition, Juried by Andrea Bogart and the Exhibitions Committee
2018 1st PLACE, Canvas Pontiac Art Contest, Pontiac, MI. Juried by Barbara Heller, Director and Conservator of Special Projects at the Detroit Institute of Arts
2019 Scarab Club Arts Annual, Detroit 2020 v9
2019 C&G Newspapers, The Royal Oak Review, New batch of artwork on display in downtown Royal Oak, by Sarah Wojcik, C&G staff writer
2019 Royal Oak Tribune, Royal Oak Displaying More Artwork for 2019-2020, by Mark H. Stowers for MediaNews Group
2019 Royal Oak Patch, 7 New Public Art Installations You Can Find In Royal Oak, by Jessica Strachan, Patch staff writer
2019 The Oakland Press, Local artists named winner of Great Lakes regional competition, by Mike Scott
2019 C&G Newspapers, The Royal Oak Review, Royal Oak artist receives award for ‘Stasis Hiatus’, by Sarah Wojcik, C&G staff writer
2019 Salann Magazine, first edition
2019 Grosse Pointe News, Artists Talk About Their Favorites, Grosse Pointe News staff writer
2014 CriticCar Detroit, Highlights Ofrenda Altars Exhibit & Artist Talk
2014 CriticCar Detroit, Steve Miller & Alex Goecke, Ofrenda Altars Exhibit & Artist Talk
2014 C&G Newspapers, The Royal Oak Review, Dads connect at Northwood, shine at Day of the Dead exhibition, by Victoria Mitchell, C&G staff writer
2014 Royal Oak Patch, Two Royal Oak Dads Team Up to Design Ofrenda, by Beth Dalby, Patch staff writer
2006 Best Of Michigan Artists & Artisans, Kennedy Promotions, LLC, Juried Book Competition
2005 Hometown Life, Man of the House, by Nicole Stafford, staff writer
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS
2018 Art on Wheels Celebration, Live Painting Demo, Alley Cat Café, Pontiac, MI, Invitation by Charlene Dwyer
2015 Blue Moon, Live Painting Event, Art And Jakes Sports Bar, Shelby Township, MI, Invitation by Joe Lafata of Miller/Coors, Inc.
2007 Artworks for Life, Midwest Aids Prevention Project, Detroit, MI, Invitation by Andrew Yee
2007 Grace & Wild, Farmington Hills, MI. Invitation by Spencer Hall
2006 Ghost Gallery, State Farm Insurance, formerly District Arts Gallery, Birmingham, MI. Invitation by Barbara Merten-Dubensky
2005 Designer Show House And Gardens at Cranbrook, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Cranbrook Educational Community, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Invitation by Lisa Petrella of Petrella Designs Interiors
2005 The Living Room Gallery and Lounge, Berkley, MI
2005 Illuminate Detroit, Loft Real Estate Promotional Event, Detroit, Mi. Invitation by Liz Tintinalli of Detroit Urban Living, LLC
2005 Artworks For Life, Detroit, MI, Invitation By Andrew Yee of Midwest Aids Prevention Project
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