“Deep” by Emily Miller encaustic
Emily Miller is a lifelong artist with a passion for materials. Her ocean-inspired artwork ranges from plein air watercolor landscapes to abstract encaustic wax paintings, ceramics, fiber art, and more. Her artwork often focuses on conservation issues, recycled materials, and ecology themes, with a portion of sales benefiting ocean conservation.
Born in California, Emily spent childhood summers on the tiny island of Deer Isle, Maine, and moved to Kauai at the age of sixteen. After twelve years on Kauai as an award-winning artist and graphic designer, Emily relocated to Oregon where her artwork continues to explore the coast and the seasons.
Emily fell in love with watercolor over 25 years ago, painting landscapes and local culture on Kauai and around the world. Her paintings now specialize in sharing the beauty of Oregon landscapes and seascapes in a variety of mediums including watercolor, acrylic, and encaustic wax.
“Kelp Shadows” by Emily Miller encaustic
During the opening reception of MAKING WAVES, Emily Miller offered an artist talk.
Photo collage by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.
Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway St.
July 6 – July 30
Fairweather’s July exhibition explores the deep, multifaceted relationship with the ocean.
Art for the exhibition, largely significant pieces include new original work, created entirely by North coast artists.
Featuring selected Fairweather artists: Blue Bond, Victoria Brooks, Paul Brent, Nick Brakel, Karen Doyle,Leah Kohlenberg, Karen Lewis, Emily Miller, Lee Munsell, Richard Newman, Ron Nicolaides, Jan Rimerman, Lisa Sofia Robinson, Peg Wells, Russell J. Young and Dale Veith.
“Tideline” by Emily Miller encaustic
“The rhythms of the ocean are my greatest source of inspiration. I find painting with encaustic wax to be a spontaneous and intuitive process reminiscent of the ocean’s movement. I use techniques that generate sweeping, gestural forms to create my most fluid and abstract artwork. Bold color, unpredictable detail and collaged natural elements explore the ocean’s deep currents and ever-changing tideline.” Emily Miller
Introducing artists Sharon Abbott-Furze and Phil Juttelstad.
The range in the show reveals the extraordinary impact of the sea and waves.
Q: Where in the world has Emily Miller been recently, you ask?
A: Emily Miller was the artist behind the paper moon for her work that was juried into the Ode to the Tides Art Show and Sale May-December 2019.
Q; Where was the artist, most recently, you ask?
A: Emily Miller was the artist in residence at Elisabeth Jones Art Center May 2 – June 23 for the Ghost Net Landscape, a community interactive installation & performance.
Q: Anywhere else in the last 30 days, you ask?
A: Emily Miller was the artist on the ledge at the group art show for Ode to the Tides at Art-in-the-Loft Gallery in Seaside, installing on May 30 and de-installing the exhibition on May 30.
After ten years as a painter, Emily began her study of sculpture and ceramics with an endless enthusiasm for exploring new materials. Her recent projects include the “100 Turtles” ceramics project, “Ghost Net Baskets” made with reclaimed fishing rope, and “Urchin Bowls,” a line of sea urchin-inspired porcelain bowls.
“I have spent my life on the coast, and all my artwork has its roots in my love of the sea. My work explores natural beauty and cycles of change centered on coastal environments, where our human connection to nature becomes clear.
“A central part of my art practice deals with changes at the meeting point of the natural and human worlds. I see the coast as a border between the known and the unknown, and I am fascinated with what lies beyond this dividing line.”
© Emily Miller 2018- 2019