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"In the mid-eighties I needed to change painting mediums. But from oils to what? While studying with Bonnie McLean in Buckingham I was introduced to pastels. What fun! Pure color. Spontaneous and immediate. One can leave a painting in progress and come back whenever time allows."
"I like to compose landscapes defined by intense color and the changing light of day. Many of my landscapes represent the round shape in the familiar form of the hay roll. These hay rolls are part of the local scene that will soon disappear. The big sky and agricultural contours of the Sugan Road and Kitchens' Lane will be a memory. It is to the simple pleasure of viewing a field, to the work of a farmer's imprint on the land, and to the long-playing motion picture of the seasons that I dedicate my paintings."
-Pamela M. Miller
Landscape painter and portraitist Pamela M. Miller was born in Flushing, New York. She received a teacher's certification from Northland College in Wisconsin. Miller has supplemented her painting career with various jobs over the years, including owning a clay mixing business with her sister, driving a school bus, and teaching in local schools. She currently owns Moon Arbor Studios in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and teaches art at West Amwell Elementary School in Lambertville, New Jersey.
Miller is known for her landscapes with hay rolls, which she wants to capture before they disappear from the Bucks County scene forever. In the 1980s, Miller began to work with pastels, finding joy in the immediacy of that medium. She has developed her own technique of sharpening her sticks and using them like finely pointed brushes. Miller is also a portrait artist for children. She exhibits regularly at the Phillips' Mill Annual Art Exhibitions in New Hope and at the Coryell Gallery in Lambertville. She was part of the Phillips' Mill 75th Retrospective Invitational show in 2005.
Pamela M. Miller photo courtesy of the artist
Education and Training
Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin, 1965-1971
Art Intern, George School, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1971
Teachers and Influences
Miller studied figure painting and drawing with Buckingham artists Jacques Fabert and Bonnie McLean. Jan Van Eyck has stirred in Miller a strong feeling for the Northern Renaissance School of painting.
Connection to Bucks County
Pamela Miller lives on Old York Road in New Hope, with her husband, David, and their son, Tim. She frequently exhibits at Phillips' Mill and the Coryell Gallery.
A Farewell to My Favorite Field: Pastels to the Poetry of Emily Dickinson, Coryell Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 2000
Phillips' Mill Annual Art Exhibition, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1993-1997, 2001-2005
The Dog and Pony Show, Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 1999
Bianco Gallery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, 1999
Let's Face It! Likeness and Meaning in Portraiture, Bucks County Community College Artmobile, Bucks County, 1999-2000
Annual Spring Exhibition, Coryell Gallery, Lambertville, New Jersey, 2000-2005
Artists of the River Towns, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003
New Hope Visitors Center, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2003
Phillips' Mill 75th Anniversary Retrospective Art Exhibition, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2005
Honorable Mention, Phillips' Mill Annual Art Exhibition, 1993
Phillips' Mill Community Association Award, 1994
Phillips' Mill Community Association Award in Memory of Theodore Sommer, 1995
Honorable Mention, Lambertville Historical Society Art Show, 1995
The New Hope Chamber of Commerce Arty Award for Best Painter of Local Scenes, 1996
Phillips' Mill Award for Traditional Painting from Molli and Senator Joe Conti, 1997
Northern Lights Music and Arts Award, Northland College Alumni Association, Wisconsin, 1999
Tru Vue Inc. Award, The Bianco Foundation Juried Exhibition, Bianco Gallery, 1999
Honorable Mention, New Hope Arts Commission, 2000
Honorable Mention, Solebury Historical Society, Windy Brush Gallery, 2000
Phillips' Mill Still Life Award, 2001
The Virginia Millham Memorial Award, Lambertville Historical Society, Coryell Gallery, 2003
Teaching and Professional Appointments
Pamela Miller teaches art in public schools at the elementary level.