The oil paintings featured in “Sky, Trees and Earth” are impressions of Texas landscapes. Miller draws inspiration from the beauty of places like Brazos Bend State Park and the Texas Hill Country.
“I like to investigate the sense of emotions that can be tapped with the use of color. The style that is most dear to my heart is Impressionism. I like to work in oils, capturing the play of light, tone, color and atmosphere rather than details.” she explains.
Before she ever picks up a paint brush to begin a painting, Miller spends time in nature, in the spots that most inspire. She makes a sketch of the scene, jots down notes about what it is that attracted her to that particular location and then takes a picture. She works off of the photographs she takes to complete her masterpieces in the comfort of her own home art studio.
Miller, who was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1952, spent three summer of her childhood visiting an aunt in Washington, D.C. During those trips, Margaret, her sister and her aunt would often visit museums together. Young Margaret would often select the National Gallery of Art as the museum she most wanted to visit, and thus, her appreciation of art began.
Her interest in art was supported by her parents whose encouragement allowed her to spend most of her childhood and teen years taking private lessons and painting. When it came time to go to college, she chose the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where her work centered on graphic design. After graduation she moved to Houston, Texas and began to work in the field of visual communication and continued to paint to fulfill her desire for self-expression.
Houston has been her home for more than 20 years. Miller has been a member of Archway Gallery for the past three years.