March Artist of the Month: Calhan Hale

Calhan Hale’s maternal family has been rooted in Texas for over 100 years. She grew up in a family of creative, independent and individualistic female role models. Hale received her BA in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 and decided to stay in Texas to pursue her art after graduation.

In her most recent work, Calhan uses painting as a way of re-examining and reclaiming parts of her Texas upbringing by bringing Texas iconography into conversation with elements informed by digital experience. She is particularly interested in the ways information is gained and lost as it moves from our own experiences, to our memories, to digital interfaces and then back into a physical object. 

“Texas iconography is naturally loaded; Ideas related to tradition, geography and stereotype meet those surrounding trend, irony and self-expression. Objects, along with people and places, can be the holders of multiple, often contrasting, things at once”, and Calhan is interested in how their context and our own experiences greatly inform the ways we encounter them. 

Calhan believes, “At the intersection of time, place and identity, these works also aim to explore the simultaneous confidence and self-doubt that accompany self-awareness and the attempt to own all of who I am at once”.

“The Miller team has been exceptionally kind to me and beyond helpful with all of my printing needs. I’ve been especially lucky to work closely with Dana and Larry. Before working with Dana at Miller, I didn’t know anything about the process of having artwork professionally scanned or printed. Over the past 9 months or so, Dana has personally walked me through the entire process and has worked carefully with me to ensure that each scan and print of my paintings is as representative of the original piece as possible. And every time I come by the shop, which is often several times a week, Larry greets me with the most genuine warmth and friendliness. Dana, Larry and the Miller team make every printing experience feel like working with trusted friends, and I’m so grateful to get to share a creative community with such wonderful humans! Thank you, Miller!”

February Artist of the Month: Leticia Mosqueda

Leticia Mosqueda was born and raised in Mexico City. Since she was a child, Mosqueda showed great interest in painting and drawing, taking after her father. She spent her spare time illustrating in her notebooks and drawing objects that she saw around her. In high school, on the advice of a teacher, she entered the National Institute of Fine Arts. Mosqueda has a degree in marketing from the Technological Institute of Higher Studies of Monterrey, Campus State of México.

Mosqueda worked as a purchasing manager for Alcampo in Madrid, Spain, Auchan, Comercial Mexicana, and Grupo Modelo. Later, following her passion for studying art, she entered the renowned Academy of San Carlos where she studied different techniques and materials in painting, drawing and composition I and II, and human figure. Additionally, Mosqueda holds workshops on various techniques such as fresco, charcoal, graphite, pastel, watercolor, oil, and acrylic.

She spent 3 years in Austin studying English and art at Austin Community College. Mosqueda had the opportunity to participate in exhibitions at ACC, La Peña, and Big Media. One of her paintings represented ACC in the League of Innovation Competition, and she was selected for her first solo exhibition “My People and their Traditions” at the Dougherty Art Center.

“I met Salvador Rodriguez at ACC, where I saw his fabulous prints. I had never made any reproductions of my paintings before. He recommended Miller IDS’s services to me. Since the first day that I visited your company, everybody was so nice and friendly. Larry was so helpful; he introduced me to Dana, another lovely person. Although my English is not the best, they tried to understand me and gave me excellent service. Dana was always available, and she kept in touch with me. Every scan was on time and even in some cases she helped me make emergency scans. I’m impressed with the quality of each work. On some paintings Dana worked hard to find the exact color of the original painting. I have been selling many prints because people like the quality of the images Miller produces. Unfortunately, I could not find a company in Mexico with the same quality; maybe you need to put a Miller company in my country! I have been recommending Miller’s services to my classmates, artists and friends.”

“This painting (left) was inspired by an amazing photo of a beautiful elder woman in Chihuahua México. She belongs to the Raramuris community, who are characterized by the colors in their clothes. Women have a very important role in the communities. They are the guidance, the pillar of the families, and in many cases the financial support. This woman is a clothing seller. She walks long distances carrying many pieces of clothes in her “reboso” (a big piece of cloth that the women tie in different ways to carry their babies or different things on their backs). I choose this photo because I fell in love with the woman’s expression and her colorful dress.”

January Artists of the Month: Hanna McGinnis, Margaret Hoover & Anna Miller

Hanna C. McGinnis is the great grand daughter of John D. Miller who founded Miller Blue Print in 1920; she is the daughter of Cate Miller and Mike McGinnis. Hanna graduated from St. Stephen’s High School in 2011 and completed her undergraduate degree in Medieval Studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Hanna then went on to study food design and translation in Italy, working for three years as a translator and content editor in Milan. She then received her Masters in Medieval History from the University of Oxford.

She is currently a first-year student at Stanford Law School. Hanna has a longtime love for ceramics, mosaics, and sculpture, and her art studies include the Art Institute of Chicago summer program, mosaic studies in Italy, and many summer classes at Laguna Gloria, where she also volunteered as a teacher’s aide.

Margaret Hoover is also the great-granddaughter of John D. Miller, and daughter of Ida Miller and Nick Hoover. Margaret studied art at Katherine Anne Porter School in Wimberley and graduated from San Marcos High School. Margaret now attends California College of the Arts in San Francisco where she is studying illustration.

Anna Buchanan Miller, wife of Robert Miller, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1946 from the Plan II program. While not directly employed in the business, she supported Robert and all Miller Blueprint ventures for decades. In her youth, Anna studied art with Frank Reaugh, a renowned western painter. Anna considered herself fortunate to be chosen to assist Mr. Reaugh and his students on his West Texas summer sketch trips, allowing her to study art and travel during the Depression. 

November Artist of the Month: Emily Eisenhart

Emily Eisenhart is a multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Austin, Texas. The daughter of an artist and anthropologist, she grew up with a paintbrush in one hand and a field book in the other. She is constantly exploring, and her work is heavily inspired by the textures, patterns, shapes, and natural colors around her.

While painting and illustration are her forte, she often experiments with new styles and media. She has painted on all scales, from tiny portraits to 150-foot murals, and has designed everything from tour trucks to animated videos. Operating at the intersection of the design and art worlds, her work is simultaneously strategic and spontaneous. With a background in Anthropology, she approaches many of her projects as an ethnographer, diving deep into the culture of a place to create dynamic, story-driven artwork.

Prior to opening her own studio, she cut her teeth at the world-class design firm IDEO where she worked with clients such as Nike, Microsoft, and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As an independent artist, she has collaborated with wide-ranging brands the likes of Starbucks, Keds, Madewell, Facebook, Outdoor Voices, and W Hotels, in addition to a diverse array of small and large clients around the country and in her home base of Austin. 

“Working with the team at Miller IDS has been fantastic. As an artist whose projects are wildly diverse, they are a go-to shop for many of my print needs. They’ve helped me on everything from digital prints to hi-res image scanning to custom postcards to color print proofs for large murals. I can trust that they will do an excellent job regardless of what I send their way. The team is dynamic, friendly, helpful (shout out to Dana and her color matching skills!), and professional. They’ve felt very much like a creative partner to me and I’m glad to be able to print locally.” 

To connect with Emily:
Website: emilyeisenhart.com and Instgram 

 

 

 

October Artist of the Month: Yesdrik Diaz

Yesdrik Diaz was born in Puente de Ixtla, a small town in Mexico, and moved to Austin in 1998. Since he has spent most of his life in Austin, he considers himself an Austin native. He loves Austin and thinks of it as a strange yet beautiful bubble that he is fortunate to live in. 

As a kid, Diaz loved art and feels lucky that he was able to keep that curiosity and artistic drive alive. He believes that everyone is born with the curiosity to create, and that along the way of life’s trials and with time passing, most forget about their artistic drive. Diaz likes to create things that he thinks are cool. He creates for himself and if others like it, that’s just a bonus! He practices a variety of mediums including pen, ink, graphite, oil, digital, markers and spray paint. Art is a therapeutic activity for him, and once he taps into the flow of his art, he says that time stops, the world stops, and it’s just him and the canvas.

The piece that has been in our office this month, Katsuo, was the first installment in a series which tells the evolving story of Katsuo, a wanderer, who comes across a bottle in a swamp which contains a map to a shrine. The rest of Katsuo’s journey plays out in the remaining pieces of the miniseries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connect with Yesdrik:

Email: ruffhousearts@gmail.com

Instagram: @ruffhousearts

Twitter: @jruffhouse

September Artist of the Month: Tanya Christie

Austin-based artist Tanya Christie grew up in rural, black-land farming communities of Red River County in northeast Texas. By the time Christie graduated from high school, her parents joked that they’d “spent as much on art supplies, as food” for her. Christie earned an Associate Degree of Fine Art from Paris Junior College, and a bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech University in Design Communication, with an emphasis on Illustration. Her mediums of choice are watercolor, acrylic, and collage – often a combination of all three.


Always seeking to know more, Christie has had the opportunity to study with master artists right here in Austin, as well as in San Antonio, San Francisco and France. Christie loves color and strives to infuse each piece of art with the hues she loves. She is also fascinated with the often-overlooked whimsy and charm of things we encounter in our everyday life. Christie weaves together her love of color, mastery of fine art techniques and her foundation of design communication to give voice to every subject she paints. In 2014, Christie’s painting, 26 Rue du Four, was selected as a Finalist of the Texas Watercolor Society annual exhibit.

An exciting and varied creative career led Christie across the nation and back. While she began at an advertising firm in the Dallas area, Christie found her way to a printed gift & greeting card company in Portland, Oregon, freelance jobs in Spokane, Washington and finally right back here to her home state. Thrilled to be back in Texas, Christie operates Wildly Inspired Artworks with her sister, fellow artist Tamara Ingram. Wildly Inspired Artworks creates a wide range of artwork, all of which tells a story. Some works are custom suited to meet the vision cast by a specific client, and some is inspired by the sisters’ shared love of all things Southern.

Christie’s artwork is for sale at small boutiques across Texas and twice a year at the curated show Funky Finds, in Fort Worth, where Wildly Inspired is honored to be an anchor each spring and fall. In addition to creating artwork from the heart and custom artwork, Wildly Inspired Artworks offers group classes and team building through art. Her most recent project has been the design and painting of a dynamic space within Zilker Lodge, the home of Austin Sunshine Camps. Additionally, as an instructor for Young Rembrandts, the after school art program, Christie enjoys encouraging elementary kids to begin telling their art story. 

“I am appreciative to Miller IDS for all of their scanning and printing support. The amazing artistic eye and color-correcting gifts of Dana Burton make it difficult to tell printed items from the original artwork. Thank you, to everyone at Miller IDS, for the gift you are to artists in Austin!”

Connect with Tanya on social media: 
Facebook – Wildly Inspired
Pinterest – Wildly Inspired
Instagram – @wildly_inspired_

 

June Artist of the Month: Sarita Geisel

Miller IDS is excited to announce our June 2019 Artist of the Month, Sarita Geisel, with her piece “On the Embankment.” Her work is an extension of her travels, dance and meditation. The piece we feature, “On the Embankment,” exemplifies the cool waters and ambiance of the Portugal coast. With the summer season comes travel and this piece captures the beauty and the excitement that comes from meeting new people and seeing new places.

Geisel came to Austin without ever having been to Texas or even having a job lined up. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Geisel decided on her 28th birthday that she would move somewhere new. Ten years later, she is still living and creating in the Austin area. An award-winning graphic designer and art director, Sarita has over ten years in designing and illustrating for the medical device industry. In her painting, she can capture a different meaning to what keeps people alive. From a young age, however, Geisel has needed to express herself through drawing and painting. For the past 14 years her favorite art medium has been acrylic on canvas and she enjoys experimenting with color, texture, and detail “to enhance the emotional experience and bring the story to life for the viewer.” Geisel’s art brings cities, places, and people to life.

 

“On the Embankment” is a rendition of a view from the bridge walking over from the city of Gaia to the city of Porto on an overcast day. Geisel captures the old city feeling that Europe gives a new traveler—the mixture of new feelings and old buildings. As the people mill about the markets in the background and the restaurant in the foreground, Sarita explores the familiarity of everyday life and the excitement of travel. She captures the vibrant fishing boat that evokes its own story, as well as the couple on the balcony carrying on a conversation.  We hope that Geisel’s “On the Embankment” will transport you to a serene (and cool) port city and allows your mind to wander to a new, but familiar place. 

Having worked with Miller for several years, Geisel had this to say: “Working with Dana is always a pleasure! I came to Miller IDS on high recommendations from another artist when I was getting ready for an art show and wanted to be able to sell prints of my paintings, in addition to originals. Dana goes above and beyond to get the color matching as close as possible to the original painting, I was very impressed by how much work she does to get it right. She’s so warm and I love how affordable and fast Miller IDS is to work with. The quality and customer service is top notch!”

Thank you for allowing us to feature your beautiful painting, Sarita. You can find more of Sarita’s work at her website.

May Artist of the Month: Mary Barton

We are honored to feature Mary Barton as our May Artist of the Month along with her piece “Spring Has Sprung.”  A Texas Panhandle native, Barton uses the inspiration of both West Texas and the Texas Hill Country throughout her work. She allows emotions and nature’s beauty to guide her process with each step she takes. Barton reworked “Spring Has Sprung” several times before making the blue, purple, and yellow flowers the center of attention. Now as we inch closer to summer, we at Miller IDS appreciate the vibrancy of  her work even more.

Barton grew up in Pampa, Texas in the Texas Panhandle.  After a few years in Lubbock at Texas Tech, she moved to Austin in 1989 and currently resides in the Wimberly area. Barton fell in love with the hills, trees, and water features of the Central Texas Hill Country, as seen in her subject matter for many years.  Barton graduated from Texas State University, after starting a family and has worked as a bookkeeper for the past 20 years while pursuing her passion for art. As she describes it, her focus on abstract art is the “balance between the battle and pull of [her] right and left brain.” For Barton, creativity and art is a family affair; as her grandmother, mother, and sister were all artists. Her first love, pottery, allowed her to feel grounded and connected as she formed sculptures from lumps of clay. 

More recently, she has branched out into abstract painting, by using the focus on nature’s beauty that certain spaces can evoke. Barton wants the technique and style of her work to be the recognizable aspect. She prefers nature and tropical ocean scenes for subject matter, but her work is heavily influenced by the seasons. For her piece “Spring has Sprung,” the striking blue, deep red, yellow and purple flowers lay in contrast with the light background which allows the colors to stand out while blending in. The blue in the background deepens the cooler shades and the technique emphasizes the growth of the flowers in the painting. We love how Barton captures all the excitement the ground has after an abundance of rain or an explosion of growth in a field. 

Barton wrote this incredible testimonial about working with Dana Burton, our Fine Arts Specialist and Miller IDS: “When I first met Dana, she immediately put me at ease with her incredible knowledge of the colors that would be necessary to reproduce an image that would even slightly represent the deep vibrant hues of the inks I use.  It is definitely a challenge that she was more than capable to accept and achieve.  After the first painting I brought in was ready for review, I was amazed at the quality and clarity that she was able to produce. It opened up my opportunities to be able to reproduce any painting without limitations to size or substrate. I instantly became a repeat customer and have been pleased with every image scan that she has worked on. Without a doubt, I would recommend Dana at Miller IDS to give you a quality archival image of your artwork.”

Thank you, Mary, for allowing us to feature you this month. You can see more of Barton’s work here or contact her via email at marybartonart@gmail.com

April Artist of the Month: Meena Matai

Miller IDS is proud to announce Meena Matai as our April 2019 Artist of the Month and we’re featuring her painting, “Inspire: Black Eyed Susans.” Influenced by the wildflowers of Texas, Matai hopes that the vibrant colors of her work encourages viewers to be positive, collaborate, and to nurture and support one another. This piece is particularly unique because of the playful use of texture in combination with her usual alcohol ink on canvas. At Miller, we were particularly intrigued with her ability to capture the revival of spring in Austin while focusing on collaboration and community support.

Born in India, Matai moved to the U.S. in 2001. Originally an electrical engineer, Matai’s true passion lay in art and painting. A cultivated talent, Matai took classes throughout her life to hone her craft. The unexpected loss of her father brought Matai face-to-face with the fragility of life and turned to art as more than a passion and instead to tell her own story. This storytelling approach makes her art accessible and relatable using grounding and engaging subject matter, color, and texture.

 Matai’s technique uses alcohol inks blown through a straw onto yupo or canvas, which allows the vibrant colors to blend naturally. In the past year, she has introduced other elements such as texture. She notes that, “I arrange pieces to form exquisite patterns using pins, playing with light and shadow to convey messages of community and collaboration through art.” Specifically, Matai’s work plays with arrangements of color to create patterns that interact with light and shadows. “Inspire: Black Eyed Susans” plays with texture as much as it plays with color. With this piece, Matai used a texturing paste to outline the flower petals and keep the colors together. Texture not only brings new elements to a painting, but functions to control the flow of inks on the canvas.

At Miller, we consider our connection with our customers and community to be of great importance and we love how Matai’s work emphasizes and focuses on the importance of interaction with those around you. Recently, Matai has had work featured in the People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, Art for the People, and many others.

In her own words, Matai said this about working with the Miller IDS Team: “I have worked with Dana Burton at Miller IDS for almost two years now and she always goes the extra mile for me. She always listens to my vision and does her magic to realize it into a finished product – be it fine art reproductions or notecards. The quality of the final product is beyond what I have seen anywhere else. To me, it’s important that when people buy a print of my artwork, they are getting something as close to the original as possible. Dana makes this possible…I recommend Miller IDS to all my artist friends for the quality, reliability and great customer service. Dana, thank you for all that you do.”

Thank you, Meena for those incredibly kind words and for your beautiful work. You can find “Inspire: Black Eyed Susans” at either of our locations during April. You can contact Meena through her website at https://www.meenamatai.com/

 

March 2019 Artist of the Month: Connie Adcock

Miller IDS is excited to announce our March 2019 Artist of the Month, Connie Adcock with her piece, “Gemstone Guitar.” As we emerge from our (albeit warm) winter, we find our city filled with live music, smiling faces, and lots of perfect days to go to Zilker Park or hang out on the patio of a great restaurant. Adcock’s piece uses bright colors to bring to life the vibrancy of the Austin music scene and is drawn from her life here in the Live Music Capital of the World. We were so inspired by the content and the colors of “Gemstone Guitar” and how they reflect springtime in Austin.

Formerly a first-grade teacher at Colorado Academy in Denver, Adcock retired in 2013 and made her way down to Austin. An art and education major in college, she had always used art during her teaching and now, in her retirement, Adcock focuses her time on creating art. In her exploration, Adcock has used her fascination with colors and repetitions found in nature as well intricate imaginative patterns to bring her art to life. In the beginning of her work, Adcock took on a realistic tone  by drawing inspiration from life experiences. In the past year, however, she branched out and is currently experimenting with a style that combines realism and the abstract. Currently, Adcock has original paintings in two galleries in Salado as well as Galveston, TX and prints of her work in various restaurants and gift shops in Austin and throughout Texas.

Adcock’s inspiration for “Gemstone Guitar” is drawn from her love and experiences of live music in Austin. She immerses herself in the emotions of her paintings and expresses her joy and passion for her work. She notes that in her art, these emotions “run the gamut from thoughtful and introspective to exuberant and wild.” She paints with bright, vivid colors which reflect her cheerful, optimistic, and positive outlooks and stance to life and art. Adcock’s work is heavily influenced by her life experiences including traveling and new discoveries, memories from childhood, and her imagination. “Gemstone Guitar” reminds us of the bright flowers and greenery that appear in Austin during this time of year as well as the live music you hear throughout the city as the weather gets better. As the city comes alive, Adcock has captures the emotional outpouring of excitement and new projects that reverberate throughout Austin. 

Thanks, Connie Adcock, for allowing us to feature you as our March 2019 Artist of the Month. You can find her work up in both of our stores now through March 31st and you can also see “Gemstone Guitar” on the windows of the Prima Dora Gift Shop next to Magnolia Café on South Congress Ave.

You can contact her at cadcocktx@gmail.com or feel free to visit her website at connieadcockart.com