paintings, altered book work, and mixed media

Artist Statement

Nance Miller

After spending three decades working with children as an elementary school teacher, ten years running an international non-profit that conducts art exchanges with children around the world, and several summers at a monastery, Miller began her own art career. She attended art school in France and has returned to the states ready to infuse the beauty of a child’s eye and perspective, with a trained hand to express her deeply felt love and compassion for the world, and the environment around us. 

Miller creates paintings and mixed media artworks. Through abstraction, Miller investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects on the viewer, the dissolving of space between inside and outside, and the limits of what we see based on our beliefs of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is manifested to conjure the realms of our imagination. 

Her paintings depict the permanence of landscape juxtaposed against the transience of the beauty around us. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence and our relationship with our environment. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, she creates intense personal moments by use of addition and subtraction, inclusion and exclusion, and acceptance and refusal, thusly luring the viewer round and round, deeper and deeper into the beauty of the world around us. 

Her works often use very little recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning can be shifted and possible interpretations become multifaceted. We live in a time when the environment is at risk. Miller hopes to foster a relationship between the viewer and landscape, inside and outside, self and other. 


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Education and Credentials

Bachelor of Arts, Diversified Liberal Studies - California State University
Master of Arts, Special Education - St. Mary's College

CA Multiple Subject Credential

CA Severely Handicapped Credential
CA Single Subject Credential - Fine Arts

IAU, Marchutz School, Aix en Provence, France - Advanced Studies in Fine Arts
Atelier des Arts, Aix en Provence, France - Drawing and Painting
Studio Escalier, Paris, France - Advanced Drawing


Benefits and Auctions

Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Selected for Live Auction
LymeLight Foundation, ​Dart For Art, Palo Alto  https://lymelightfoundation.org/events/dart-for-art-2018/
Hair to Stay, San Francisco
http://www.hairtostay.org/about-us/

Aids Foundation Benefit, San Francisco

Past Shows

Three Person Show, Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco

Solo Show, Mill Valley Public Library

O'Hanlon Center for the Arts,Bay Area Women's Show

Juried by Seager Gray Gallery

Solo Show, Dorfman Thompson, Mill Valley

Marin MOCA Altered Book Show

Marin Open Studios
Jen Tough Gallery, Benicia, ​"Flora and Fauna"
Marin General Hospital
SNAP, Arc Galleries, SF


2018 
GROUP
​Winter Open Studios, ICB
Art San Diego,  Jen Tough Gallery, Opus Collective
Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival
Marin MOCA "Color Works" Juror:  Danielle Fox of SLATE Gallery 
               *received "Honorable Mention for "Deep Water Reflections"
Sausalito Fine Arts Festival
O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, "Tell Me a Story",  Juror:  Chester Arnold
Marin General Hospital
Marin Civic Center
Renee Marie Gallery, Benecia, CA "Art of the Book"
Marin MOCA, Novato, CA   "Art of the Book", selected for Live Auction
O’Hanlon Center, Mill Valley, CA  Bay Area Women Artists group show,
            Jurors:  Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray Gallery

SOLO
Mill Valley Community Center
Coldwell Residential Banker,Mill Valley
Marin Open Studios
Belvedere Tiburon Library, Tiburon, CA
The Tamalpais Gallery, Greenbrae, CA
Branded Boutique,  Mill Valley, CA
VenturePad, San Rafael, CA
Homestead Valley Community Center. Mill Valley, CA
Fitwise Pilates, Mill Valley, CA


2017 
GROUP
Marin County Fair, Mill Valley, CA   Award for “Lord Tennyson”
Winter Open Studios, ICB, Sausalito, Studio 300
Bel Aire Shopping Center, Greenbrae, CA 
SOLO
At The Top Gallery and Salon, Mill Valley, CA 
Equator Coffee, Mill Valley, CA 
Depot Café and Bookstore, Mill Valley, CA 
Marin Open Studios


2016
SOLO
At The Top Gallery and Salon, Mill Valley, CA 
Hairfax Gallery and Salon, Fairfax, CA 
2015
At the Top Gallery and Salon, Mill Valley, CA
2014
The Parlor, Mill Valley, CA
2010 
Cave De Huillle, Aix en Provence, France
Studio Marschutz, Aix en Provence, France