February Artist of the Month, Kiah Denson, Displays a Special Flair

We are pleased to celebrate our February Artist of the Month, Kiah Denson. As a born and raised Austinite, Kiah uses the energy of nature and travel to create striking colorful and abstract images that leap off the canvas or page.

She graduated from Colorado College in 2005, earning a BA in Studio Art with a Distinction in Art. Upon graduation, Kiah started her own decorative painting business. After a few years, she began creating fine art again, and has been steadily expanding and exploring her practice ever since.  

Kiah lives in the outskirts of Austin, TX surrounded by green fields, trees and streams. She works primarily in her sunny home studio, and also maintains a space at Canopy where she meets with clients and displays her finished work (by appointment). When she isn’t creating art, she can likely be found wandering in nature or swimming with her furry four-legged sidekick, Kali

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Featured Print, “What Remains III.”

Kiah states that her “artmaking process is a transfer and release of invisible, internal energy onto a visible, external surface.” Within her work, she utilizes the natural unpredictability and fluidity of her materials to her advantage to “explore various processes, aesthetics and techniques.” She describes the featured piece, ‘”What Remains III”, as initially birthed “as a triptych but became more [part] of a 3 part mini-series. It was the first time I incorporated watercolor into my work, which had previously only been acrylic and ink. I was enjoying the experiment; the watercolors were so mineral-y and unique. I was going for a lyrical, energetic composition that felt light, spacious, and earthy.”  These pieces inspired her to create a collection, “The Little Things,” which debuted at Austin’s own Link and Pin Gallery mid-2017.

 

“What Remains I”

Kiah gives high praise to Miller IDS and Dana Burton, Graphics Specialist for Miller IDS, when she states she doesn’t go anywhere else to document her small pieces. “It has always meant a lot to me that from the beginning she remembered me (and now, knows me) and goes the extra mile to make me and my work feel important. My pieces aren’t very easy to scan, but she works really hard to keep the details from dropping out, gets the whites white and the blacks black, adjusts weird blues and other colors that the scanner doesn’t like much, prints out multiple proofs, and sometimes, if it still doesn’t look right, she’ll adjust even more. It amazes me still that I can get that kind of service and attention for what I end up paying. Worth it every time. Plus, Dana is a genuine, delightful person, and she has even taken the time to come to some of my art events….I’m grateful that people like Dana and places like Miller exist and thrive, keeping the old school vibe alive.”

“What Remains II”

You can find Kiah’s work and story in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Austin Way Magazine, Inside Austin, Luxe San Diego. Additionally, you can find her work in galleries in Charlotte, NC, Houston, TX, and Greenwood, MS.

To see more of Kiah’s work and story, click here

Oct / Nov Artist of the Month: Ethan Azarian

Our Artist of the month for both October AND November is Ethan Azarian. His painting, 1870 Our Lady of Guadalupe, is featured in our East 7th Street location right now. 
 
“I live and work full-time as a visual artist in Austin, Texas. I realized early on in my career that it was important to diversify, be open to and embrace the many different ways there are of making a living from creating art. One way to do this was to create a space to exhibit my paintings, so I turned my house into a gallery and called it the In House Gallery, which existed from 1999 to 2014. In 2015 Blue Cow Studio was born. Blue Cow Studio is both studio and gallery space which we had built in the back yard. My wife Melissa and I exhibit our own work as well as host and curate exhibitions with Texas based artists. 
 
Recently I have been concentrating on large public works of art in the form of murals. Some of these murals have been funded through the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division and are collaborations with local elementary and high school students as well as members of the community in Austin. In September 2016 I was invited to Angers, France to create a large outdoor mural with art students at Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts. Through these community arts projects (both locally and internationally) I realized just how much I enjoy and am inspired by working with fellow artists and members of the community. I enjoy sharing my artistic process as well as connecting with communities I am working with.
 
In addition I exhibit my paintings in galleries, cafes, libraries and schools. I have permanent works on display at the Robert B. Green Clinic and the University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas as well as the Wilton Mall in Saratoga Springs, New York. “
 
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September Featured Artist: Salvador Rodriguez

Our featured artist for September is a local painter who has always loved the wide-open landscapes of the Southwest. Born in Tijuana, Baja California Norte, he discovered his skills in drawing and painting. As a boy, he spent long periods appreciating and memorizing every detail of landscape and then put them into drawings or paintings. 

In high school, he participated and won first place at the local and national level, which won him a scholarship in the workshop at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California to study painting with Master Francisco Chavez Corrujedo. Here, he participated in several group exhibitions.

His work is the result of a detailed observational study of nature, which can be seen in the composition and balance of loud and soft colors, producing pleasure and tranquility to contemplate. 

To see more of his work, visit his website here.

July Featured Artist: Casie Warnke

Like most everyone, our July Featured Artist is fascinated by the human face. 


Casie Warnke has been drawing, including portraits, since she was a kid. As she became older, she realized that she had a fascination for people’s faces. She believes that she can feel people’s energy and that the eyes are truly the windows to the soul. She feels someone’s emotions through their face, and transfers it through her hands and fingers onto paper. As she says, “It’s a beautiful thing.” She is amazed that her work makes people feel things as well.

Since her parents really wanted her to go to college, she went to art school because it was the only thing she could think of that she was interested in. While she developed her craft somewhat in school, it didn’t really blossom until she moved to Austin and immersed herself in artist communities. That’s when she finally realized that she had truly found her purpose and now, she’s happy that she continues to improve. 

 

 

You can experience Casie’s talents at artbycasie@gmail.com and visit her website – www.artbycasie.com 

April Artist of the Month: Dwain Kelley

Dwain Bdaycontact_photo1Dtx5discovery_printwain Kelley’s sculptural assemblages are about discovery. Using a palette of old wood, metal, gold leaf, cloth, glass, rocks, and other materials these works are grounded in the unearthing of another time—attempting to re-create the excitement of a kid reading about the discovery of Machu Picchu in Peru by Hiram Bingham in 1911; King Tut’s Tomb in Egypt by Howard Carter in 1922; the uncovering of the history of the first Native Americans or the countless other archaeological discoveries from around the world. As you experience these works they will re-ignite some of this excitement and wonder every time you look at them.

You can see his original work at our East 7th Street location through May 1st or at his studio during West (West Austin Studio Tour) May 13-14th and 20-21st.

Graduating with a BFA degree from the University of Texas in 1953, Dwain Kelley studied under some of the most respected artists and educators in America. He started showing alongside and competing with some of these same professors while still in college. Over the years Dwain was accepted in thirty-six regional, national and international art exhibits, winning purchase prizes or awards in twenty. All of these works were either watercolors or drawings but his very first Texas solo exhibition was of his sculptural assemblages in 1967.

In 1954 he enlisted in the army and was sent overseas to Germany the next year. His wife Billie was able to join him there and they lived in the small attic of a house in the 700 year old village of Schwaebish-Hall where he spent many nights painting and drawing. These works lead to a solo exhibition on the army base that later traveled to Crailsheim and Munich.

Upon returning to Austin in 1956 he took a position as Art Director at Von Boeckmann-Jones, a printing firm founded in 1874. While working there he designed printed material for universities and companies across Texas. After the closing of the printing company in 1972 he founded the design firm Kelleygraphics which is celebrating it’s forty-fifth anniversary this year. Kelleygraphics portfolio includes twenty-five years of designing all the print graphics for the Texas Exes Alumni Association; thirty-eight years of the Texas Electric Co-Op magazine; nine years of the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine; and many, many other books, magazines and corporate design projects with his design associate of almost thirty-five years, Mary Barminski Johnson.

Although he still designs, paints and draws, over the last ten years he has focused his creativity on the sculptural assemblages he first began in the 1960s.

… and he is still married to Billie!

You can see more of his work at his website here.

March Featured Artist: March Mattingly

March Mattingly is a central Texas artist. Miller IDS is proud to support her.
Miller IDS is proud to support Central Texas artist March Mattingly

March’s paintings and pastels are colorful and expressionistic, reflecting our perception of and interaction with favorite places and subject matter; in the context of physical places, emotional states of mind, or a point in time that we cherish from our own, unique, individual journey that we all make on this earth.

Her paintings express self-awareness, personal and community accountability, the beauty of nature and the complex relationships between humans and the natural world.

She works in several different series of artworks, different themes (tropical, sea life, cactus, abstracts, Nordic landscapes, hill country, abstracts, animals and Austin night skyline cityscapes). Her tropical and sea life paintings have been inspired by her travels to Hawaii, Cancun and Port Aransas,Texas. Her mountain and hills paintings and pastels reflect her visual experience of living in Norway and subsequent visits there, as well as living in the Texas Hill Country.

March became aware of her interest in art at an early age, and began drawing and painting as soon as she could pick up a pencil and paintbrush. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with concentration in Studio Art/Painting and Drawing. March works in a variety of media: oils or acrylics on canvas, charcoal, graphite, oil pastels and chalk pastels. She also attended the Oslo International Summer School in Oslo, Norway, with studies in Norwegian art history and Norwegian studio art.  Visit her at Facebook: March Mattingly Fine Art, on Instagram as: March Mattingly Fine Art or her website.

Artists enjoy selling their artwork. We hope you will contact them if you are interested in their work!

Featured Artist: Nicole Berenger

Nicole is a creator of things. She is currently creating using a thought process and method that slowly developed over the course of 10 years.  What started as doodling little swirls in the margins of her Art History notes in college became cohesive pieces of work in 2013. Nicole’s favorite thing about the aesthetic the doodles create is that from a distance you see the big picture, but when you get closer, it becomes an entirely different experience. Experiencing her work in person is essential. What you see is her deep love of color, the way her lines and colors interact, and also how the paper absorbs the ink …all working together to create a bright, glowing effect that is almost hypnotizing.  Nicole says that her work is rooted in her “personal journey to make sense of this ridiculous life. I lose myself in the lines and my thoughts as my hand flows freely, organically across the paper. In those moments, everything seems to make more sense.”

Nicole sells work on her website and on etsy.com; you can find Nicole on tumblr, and Instagram as well as enjoy her feature on YouTube.

Nicole Berenger & Dana and Larry from Miller IDS
Dana, Nicole Berenger & Larry from Miller IDS

 

Nicole has been working with Miller for art reproductions since 2014. We appreciate the trust she has placed in our hands for reproducing her artwork in the precise colors, quality and detail that Nicole expects!

Nicole is a graduate of Austin College in Sherman, Texas (go Roos!) where she studied Fine Art and German, and is a 29 year old Texas native of The Colony (north of Dallas).

Nicole is a member of RAWartists.org and won best in show October of 2014! RAW is an independent international arts organization offering showcases on a local basis.

Swirly Night by Nicole Berenger, featured at Miller IDS
Swirly Night by Nicole Berenger, featured at Miller IDS