Oil on wood panel
46 x 60 inches
My work is informed by a collective imprint of landscape that has influenced my life since early childhood. Growing up in rural Ontario, I spent most of my time exploring the natural environment with a keen sensitivity to it’s often overlooked significance and wonder. My paintings are a personal voyage into an internal perception of landscape that expresses a primal and psychogeographical connection to land and water. My passion for the environment and responsible stewardship are the driving force behind my creativity. A predominant theme in my work is water and it’s abstracted qualities of reflection, movement, depth and transparency and how they can relate to metaphors of human existence. I am inspired also by the writings of Loren Eiseley – anthropologist, philosopher.
My process starts with a wash of underpainting and then layers of oil paint are applied with large palette knives and squeegies. Often some paint is scraped away to reveal the underpainting which allows for a feeling of depth and mystery.
About the Artist
Sue A. Miller splits her time between Southern Georgian Bay and the shores of Newfoundland. When not out east, she works from her studio based in Creemore Ontario. As a painter, community volunteer and art instructor, Sue has kept a diligent foot in the Canadian art scene exhibiting in private and public galleries such as the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Midland’s Quest Gallery, Orillia Museum of Art and History and Museum of Dufferin. Miller is represented by In2Art Gallery, Oakville and BeContemporary Gallery in Innisfil and is held in private collections across North America, Europe and Japan.
Sue has an extensive teaching career in addition to owning and operating The Bay School of Art. Her teaching experience includes on location classes with First Nations in Newfoundland/Labrador and Nova Scotia, programming workshops for Autism Ontario, facilitating arts retreats in Newfoundland. She is also a long time member of the summer faculty at Sir Sanford Fleming College, Haliburton Campus. Most recently Sue has taken on the role of volunteer Curator with the Wasaga Society for the Arts in Wasaga Beach, Ontario.