WELCOME TO THE AUSTIN MILLER STUDIO
My studio/gallery overlooks Lake Superior near where I was born. Magnificent in its power and beauty, Lake Superior has the capacity take your breath away, to stop all thoughts, and put you squarely in the moment. That’s heady stuff for a painter.
I paint to nourish my soul. In watercolor there is a tremendous feeling of peace as its fluid nature leads you down the creative path. Watercoloring opens the gates wide to setting your imagination free, and bringing forth the very essence of who we are.
The majority of my images are watercolors. I’m fascinated by the luminosity of the washes, the shimmering white of the cotton paper (oxymoron), and the transparency after many layers of paint. You just can't achieve that with other mediims.
I also use : hand printed collage papers, transparent acrylics and enjoy painting on silk fabric with steams set dyes.
My workshops center on the objective of mentoring students to find and develope their individual passion for art. Since 1992, I have facilitated annual shows featuring hundreds of paintings from workshop participants. During our many international and national journeys, we have formed life long friendships, made fabulous memories and have a tremendous amount of fun.
Thank you for visiting the website. I hope you will visit the gallery in person!
Individuals whose influence I value:
Cheng Khee Chee, watercolorist, friend
Barton Austin, Uncle, landscape architect, watercolorist
Ed Gray, artist, community art advocate, mentor
Ed Whitney, watercolorist/groundbreaking instructor
Winslow Homer, artist
Karlyn Holman, watercolorist, friend
John Singer Sargent, artist
Georgia O’Keefe, artist
Patricia Garland Austin, mother, artist, mentor
Every student I have had the pleasure to paint with
1976 Graduate Western State College, Gunnison, CO Art/ Geology
1986-87 MFA study at UWS, Superior, WI
2002-present Artist Residency, Calumet, MI
Cheng Khee Chee, Judy Blaine, Joyce Gowe, Lana Grow, Dan Wiemer, Harry Hiel
Place of Business:
1987- present Proprietor / Austin Miller Studio , Bayfield, WI
Art exhibits I have organized involving area artists and students:
1992-2001 Annual Community Exhibit Bremer Bank, Bayfield,, WI
1995-2001 Annual Exhibit, La Pointe Center Art Gallery, La Pointe, WI
2002-2017 Annual Exhibit, The Bayfield Inn, Bayfield, WI
Solo/ Small Group Exhibits:
Water Washburn Cultural Center, Washburn, WI
Profusion of Color LaPointe Art Gallery, LaPointe, WI
Island Images Lapointe Art Gallery, La Pointe, WI
Northern Images The Alexander House, Center for Art & History, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Superior Moods LaPointe Center Art Gallery
Essentia Health, Duluth Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, Pillsbury Foods, Cornell, Wausau Insurance
Austin Miller Studio, Stone's Throw, Apostle Islands Booksellers, The Bayfield Inn Gallery, Bayfield, WI Moondeer Gallery, Boulder Junction, WI La Pointe Center Gallery, La Pointe, WI