Several weeks ago I was fortunate to shake hands with Gayle Miller and her husband at a regional art show “Art a La Carte” benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County. It’s always a pleasure meeting new artist friends. All of us are creative in one way or another, but career artists are well…incredibly creative! As we’ve so often encouraged you in our blog, attending an art festival or a museum just opens your eyes to novel ways to look at the world.

Gayle Miller at Hernando County Art Festival

I gleaned a lot from my audio interview with Gayle. Here are a few highlights.

Don’t rest on your laurels: Gayle Miller’s art career started out with a bang, she was well received showing her works and won many awards in juried exhibitions. But as you can see from this painting below she continued to innovate in a unique way.

Crystal River to Horseshoe Point Image size 21x18.5 Matted/not framed Acrylic/paper   $250.00

Crystal River to Horseshoe Point Image size 21×18.5 Matted/not framed Acrylic/paper   $250.00

Be Flexible: Gayle started out painting in oils and found that the medium didn’t suit her lifestyle. Raising a family and her self-proclaimed “impatience” led her to switch over to watercolors. As you can see from this stunning painting, and her own words “she just fell in love with the transparency.”

Off Set Peach & Wine Iris, size 4x10  Framed size 11x14, Watercolor. $125.00

Off Set Peach & Wine Iris, size 4×10  Framed size 11×14, Watercolor. $125.00

Seize the Day: Gayle’s husband fostered an opportunity to try working in another medium, acrylic. Gayle again, challenged her skills by painting on authentic NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) navigation charts. This genre of paintings turned out to be a great success. Gayle has had the delightful opportunity to accept commissions to paint owner’s boats, lighthouses as well as military monuments and airplanes!

Fowey Rocks to Alligator Reef pic  Image size 45x33  Framed   Acrylic/paper  $750.00

Fowey Rocks to Alligator Reef. size 45×33  Framed   Acrylic/paper  $750.00

Fowey Rocks to American Shoal pic  Image size 37x33  Framed Acrylic/paper $600.00

Fowey Rocks to American Shoal size 37×33  Framed Acrylic/paper $600.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overcome Frustration: Gayle found herself with lots of duties and obligations as her children grew and especially when they moved geographically. Her way of moving through this season was to “back off” and yes, take time to get a new perspective. In Gayle’s case, nature is her muse and way of recharging her physical and artistic batteries. You can feel the solace and simplicity she portrays in this beautiful painting below.

Cattails on the Pond size 30x22.5  Framed size 39x31, watercolor. $425.00  

Cattails on the Pond size 30×22.5  Framed size 39×31, watercolor. $425.00

Here is a recent and beautiful interpretation of the Rainbow River in Dunnellon, Florida.

Rainbow River 1 size 25x14. Framed size 28x17. Watercolor. $375.00  

Rainbow River 1 size 25×14. Framed size 28×17. Watercolor. $375.00

Show “love” through your creative endeavors: Gayle certainly exemplifies the adage of “do what you love” as she shared with me that a she puts a piece of herself into every painting. Her work is certainly an expression of Gayle’s great love for nature and her painting expertise.

I encourage you to listen to our interview here

Gayle Miller accepts commissions as well. You can find her at www.nauticalchartart.com  or contact her by email: Gaylemiller943@gmail.com or phone at 352-489-4055

Please let Gayle know how much you’ve enjoyed looking at her paintings!


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