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Eleanor Miller

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Media:  Painting

Pages: 12
White Bird on Blue
Snipe with Tulip
Sky Span
Reflecting Moon
Pages: 12
Eleanor Miller
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, MFA (1991)
Connecticut College, New London, CT, BA (1986)
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY AAS (1975)

Eleanor Miller is inspired by the farmland that surrounds her Connecticut studio. Her affinity with the natural world is abundantly evident in her ethereal oils.

Painting reflects my observation of nature, and the creatures that roam, swim and share this planet with us. The images that interest me discuss life's continuing process and the mystery of its evolution. I think about how ancient the earth is and all that has been going on for thousands of years. There is a balance in the natural world that is driven by survival. Nothing in nature is arbitrary; everything has a purpose connected to survival and procreation of a species. I search for the balance in how we fit into this scheme in the modern world while we cohabitate with nature as one entity.

My focus is on the big picture of our natural world and also on the small unseen things such as the dragonflies that skip over an obscure pond or the descending pods floating to the ground that remains invisible. These are all included in the dance. They are an integral part of our evolving world and serve a purpose in the scheme of things as much as the monumental natural occurrences.

This work tells the story of these ideas and is integrated with my personal relationship to nature. My world sits amongst sprawling fields surrounded by dense woods and a big sky. Everyday I see something that amazes me and this is what directly affects my painting. Distinct memories from childhood still resonate and find their way into my work as well. Some memories are simple yet magical and remain powerful. I can recall those early exposures to the outdoors which stayed with me and have become an essential part of my creative life. As I see it, the natural world nourishes the human spirit and can heighten one's sense of place and well being. The process of painting illuminates these ideas as though seen through dreams and memories.

Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
The William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT
The Resnick Collection, Los Angeles, CA