SKB Artist Rendezvous & Workshop, Dubois, WY
Headwaters Arts & Conference Center
Sep 16-21, 2018

Bruce Miller

Instructor – Oil/Acrylics

What I’ll be teaching? The focus on this class is you, and what you want to learn.

Born in Minneapolis in 1952, Bruce Miller showed signs of artistic talent at an early age,  Given a set of acrylic paints for seventh grade art class, he painted exclusively with acrylics until 1999, when he began painting with oils.

After high school, Bruce majored in art at St. Cloud State University and expanded his horizons as a world traveler. He returned to Minnesota to seriously pursue his art career in 1975. Miller experimented with a variety of genres including portraits, landscape, abstract and surrealism. Being an avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout, in 1981 he began painting wildlife.

In 1988 he won his first national contest, Artist of the Year for the Michigan Wildlife Art Festival and since has won over 50 awards and been featured at several major art shows in the country. He has won 23 conservation stamps including the 1993 Federal Duck Stamp and recently the 2015 Texas Duck Stamp. And was named  the 1999 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year, The National Wild Turkey Federation Artist of the Year 2008 and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Artist of the Year in 2002 and 2011.  Miller’s work has generated over $10,000,000 for conservation. Conservation of wetlands being paramount in his life. His work also has won critical acclaim, being selected for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson “Birds in Art” exhibition.  His paintings have won two ‘Award of Excellence’ honors, at the Natureworks art show in Tulsa. <

He has also won two Artist Choice awards at the Artist Studio and Auction at the Calgary Stampede, most recently in 2014. He also does the Dallas Safari Club show in January and SCI in Las Vegas in February.

In 1999, Miller was moved by some  art he saw at The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis. He decided to switch to oil and attempt to paint in a more impressionistic manner. His work continues to evolve after years of intense study.

He studied composition, value and color, and edges for the first time! Each morning from 8-10 am, Miller would read art books on the principles of good painting, and study the work of artists he admired.

He was especially moved in 2012 by a once in a lifetime exibit of Nicolai Fechin at the Museum of Russian Art in Mpls. You will see the influence in his chicken portraits and cougar painting. He continues to evolve as all art does. And he continues to experiment with expressionistic techniques.

Lifestyle and Comment

The first half of the year I generally do wildlife paintings with a focus on the organizations I work with, such as the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Ducks Unlimited.

My passions outside of art are bird and duck hunting, and fly fishing. I will fly fish for anything I can, but my favorite sport is doing a canoe float and fly fishing for smallmouth bass with popper flies. After living on Lake Minnetonka, west of Minneapolis, for 35 years, we moved to our property “Up North”,in December of 2017. We now live in the small town of Mora, MN, 2 hrs north of the Twin Cities. We have about 300 acres and have a beautiful small river running through the property.We also have woods, wetlands, and meadows inhabited by bears, deer, wolves, turkeys, cranes, swans, otters and all kinds of other critters.

Its Deb and I, Macie-22 and Matt-19, (both in college) with Ranger-yellow lab, Bowser-black lab and Charlie the cat. (Ranger is featured on 2017 DU print “Marsh Ranger”).