New Experiment (Skull & Butterfly Progress 2)

Adding color to the rose and butterfly. Then I’ll fill in the skull with graphite. I think the rose at the bottom looks stupid, so I’m going to take that out. Then I’m going to add more flowers and maybe another insect or two. I’m not sure of what I want for a background color yet.

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Arterview III

Hello all! My name is Kelly Miller. I live in North Carolina. I’m a Fine Artist/Visual Artist/Studio Artist. My concentration is painting. I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from Chowan University in 2008. I’ve been creating art professionally, since 2008.

I work on the Board of Directors and the Featured Artist Committee at the Bertie County Arts Council. My art is on display at the Bertie County Arts Council, The Cultivator, Jesters Gift Shop at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, and Rawls Museum Arts. I’m a member of the Bertie County Arts Council, Roanoke Chowan Fine Arts Club, Suffolk Art League, Rawls Museum Arts, Greenville Museum of Art, and the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. I’ve also done volunteer work at the Hertford County Arts Council and the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

You can usually find me in my studio, making art, while listening to my favorite playlist, gallery hopping, volunteering at the Bertie County Arts Council and Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, reading, writing, or hanging out with family and friends.

I am fortunate enough to have a large supportive family, and a large group of artsy friends, who encourage me to keep creating and being myself. My family has always been a big positive influence on me, as a young artist. Both my mom and dad passed down their creative genes to me. They both encouraged me to express myself artistically. When I was a little girl, my mom, a skilled seamstress, made most of my clothes. She also made quilts and dabbled in ceramics. She also wrote her Elementary School’s song when she was a kid. My dad wrote songs, played the organ and guitar, and had a knack for drawing. My big brother also had a positive influence on me, as he loved to draw, write songs and poetry. Then, there are artists like Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Paul Cezanne, Monet, Picasso, and Andrea Mantegna who have also influenced me as an artist/painter.

I am a Conceptual Artist. Through mostly drawing and painting, I express themes such as love, religion, death, and suppression. While in college, I learned to make art professionally, and developed my own style, reminiscent of Paul Cezanne’s. Creating art has always been therapeutic for me. It’s my main means of self-expression. Through it, I express my feelings, opinions, observations, and experiences. There’s no need to create art if you aren’t making some kind of statement. That’s my belief. My favorite medium is acrylic paint, because it’s versatile and you can use it on almost any surface. It also dries fast, which is convenient for me. I also use a lot of graphite, ink, watercolor, and gouache…water-based paints, usually on different kinds of paper or on stretched canvas.

I also enjoy photographing different kinds of vintage architecture around the area I live in, and in different states of the country. Referring back to the photographs, I re-create old houses, barns, stores, and other structures in my own artistic style. I usually use graphite drawing pencils on drawing paper, or acrylic paint on stretched canvas to do this. I believe these rustic places have a lot of character, and they also have interesting stories to tell. So, I try to capture them before they’re torn down, or completely dilapidated.

I create because I have to. Art is in my blood. I couldn’t go a day without making art or writing creatively. It’s what makes me feel whole. I make art more than I speak. That’s how I’ve always been.

I love participating in art exhibitions. I’m inspired by meeting awesome new artists. Receiving feedback and encouragement helps me grow as an artist. It motivates me to keep creating, no matter what.

Right now I’m working on alternate book cover designs for all of my poetry books, The Green Maze, The Green Maze II, The Riddle and the Dedication, and The Riddle and the Dedication II. As I am a novice author/ creative writer/poet. I’m also illustrating two new graphic novels for small children and young adults, about Negro League Baseball players Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard, written by a local author/friend Douglas Quinn. I’m also working on a series of conceptual still life drawings just for the fun of it, experimenting with different subjects, media, and techniques. My art goals are to make more conceptual art, try my hand at more mixed media/collage work, participate in as many exhibitions as I can, eventually have a gallery accept my artwork for representation, and have my first solo/one-woman show.

Arterview

Every now and then, on my art websites, I do mock interviews. I call them “Arterviews” I post my answers to questions people have asked me personally, questions that interviewers have asked other artists, and questions that I’ve been asked in past interviews. I do not fancy interviews at all. I never have, and I doubt I ever will. Therefore, I make it a point to answer certain questions on my websites, so that some of those who wonder about my art and writing will be able to see my answers, before they go out of their way to ask me for an interview. This way I don’t have to repeat myself so much, and everybody is happy. Well… almost everybody.

Kelly Miller (Studio Artist)

  1. How do you sign your artwork?

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I also use a Chinese Chop as a stamp that goes behind my signature, on the canvas. Then I add the last two digits of the year on the right side of my signature.

2. What makes you feel most yourself?

Writing, reading, music, art, movies, friends, and laughter.

3. What tool or material could you not create without?

My hands.

4. The perfect still life. What objects are needed in it? What does it look like?

A skull, flower, butterfly, moth, on a table, with a dark background color, and a strong light source shinning on the objects.

5. What does your artwork pair well with?

Walls.

6. One common myth about artists is?

That they’re tortured.

7. What’s your favorite smell? What’s your least favorite smell?

My favorite smell is of vintage books. My least favorite smell is of road kill.

8. If you could capture nostalgia in your artwork, what would it look like?

An image of an old barn, or an old house.

9. What word to describe art makes you cringe?

I don’t like when people use the word “crafts” to describe “fine art” because those two are not the same.

10. What are your goals for 2019?

To make more conceptual art.

11. Who are your influences?

Both my mom and dad passed down creative genes to me. They influenced me in positive ways and encouraged me to express myself artistically. When I was a little girl, my mom made most of my clothes, as she was a skilled seamstress. She also made quilts and dabbled in ceramics. My dad loved music. He wrote songs, played the organ, played the guitar, and had a knack for drawing. As a fellow artist, my big brother also had a positive influence on me. He loved to draw, write songs, and write poetry. My immediate family I believe are my biggest influences.

Then, there are artists such as Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Paul Cezanne, and Andrea Mantegna who have also influenced me as an artist/painter. My influences as a creative writer and poet, are Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou, Edgar Allen Poe, Kahlil Gibran, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Phillis Wheatley, and Gwendolyn Brooks.

12. What would you say to kids who’ve had art taken out of their schools?

To all the young artists out there, don’t give up on art. If you like to create, keep creating outside of school. Make art when you get home, or whenever you have some free time. Visit your local art gallery, if you have one, and take advantage of art activities that are offered to kids there. Just because art is no longer a subject in school, doesn’t mean you have to quit making art. You can be creative anywhere.

Buy an inexpensive sketchbook, make it your art journal, and draw in it for a few minutes every day. You don’t have to have fancy, expensive materials. Just a pack of graphite pencils, some small tubes of acrylic or watercolor paint, and a few paint brushes from your local Walmart will do. Don’t be afraid to express yourself through art, whether you are in school or not. Creating is always rewarding.