January Artist of the Month: Brad & Mary Barminski Johnson

Barminski Johnson is a husband & wife collaborative team that has been working together on creative projects for the past 22 years.

Combining husband Brad Johnson’s background in Architecture and Interior Design with wife, Mary Barminski’s background in Fine Art and Graphic Design (with Dwain Kelley/Kelleygraphics since 1983) to find inventive design solutions that speak to the processes of collaboration and integration to elevate the creative results.

 

Contact our fine art specialist, Dana Burton, for more information on fine art scans and reproduction.

December Artist of the Month: Mary Doerr

Austin artist Mary Doerr entered the world as Mary Hugh Colley on January 15, 1934, in Memphis, Texas. After her sister, Jane, entered the world, it became apparent to parents Hugh and Eva Colley that their Depression-era school teacher wages could not support the family, so the family moved to Austin in search of opportunity.

Mary’s father got a job with the state. Mary’s mother put her art degree to work as curator of UT’s Rare Book Collection, where she rebound and repaired old books and manuscripts.

The Colleys lived on East Avenue (now I-35), just south of 19th Street (now Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.). It was at John B. Winn Elementary (later the site of UT’s baseball stadium, Disch-Falk Field) that she was introduced to a major influence on her life: Girl Scouts. She loved scouting because it was the one place she could do things considered “too strenuous” for girls at the time.

At University Junior High, she discovered that physical education was her favorite subject. At Stephen F. Austin High School her love of sports led her to join the tennis team, and her love of Girl Scouts took her from camper to counselor at Camp Texlake on Lake Travis.

Throughout those years, her love for creating art grew to wanting to major in art in college. But with practical advice from her mother, Mary entered the University of Texas in 1952, studying to become a physical education teacher. That led to teaching middle school PE in Alvin, Texas, which led to marrying Danny Doerr, which led to the birth of a daughter, Robin, in 1962.

In 1966 Austin called again and the Doerr family answered. Now Mary’s love of Girl Scouts led to a career with the organization, including teaching adult leaders the outdoor skills they needed for teaching the girls.

With similar interests and children of the same age, Mary and Ginny Findeisen became friends and Girl Scout colleagues – a friendship that was to have a profound influence on Mary’s life. Mary credits Ginny with encouraging her to take the first step toward realizing her lifelong dream of becoming a professional artist. By then in her late 40s, Mary took that leap of faith and earned a masters in art at UT.

At her first art show, she received a commission for 10 watercolors. At her second show, at the Old Pecan Street Arts Festival, she realized the success of her Austin scenes meant her dream really could become a reality. Then with proceeds from publishing prints of her paintings, she started her own business – Mary Doerr Studio – in 1985, with Ginny as her business partner. Ten years later she was able to open her own gallery, Images of Austin and the Southwest, on Burnet Road.

Through the following decades, Mary became one of Austin’s most prolific and popular artists, earning her the title of “The Lady Who Paints Austin.”

In 2005, however, failing eyesight meant she could no longer paint. Daughter Robin – who got her own art degree, from UT-El Paso – took over the gallery and frame shop in 2006, letting Mary and Ginny retire to a ranch and enjoy life outdoors in Lampasas County.

Now back in Austin again, publishing “Watercolor Memories of Austin: The Art of Mary Doerr” lets her add “author” to her list of accomplishments – and share her love of her colorful hometown with even more people through her colorful art.

Contact Robin, Mary’s daughter:

Instagram: @Robin.Doerr

Website: marydoerr.com

Contact our fine art specialist, Dana Burton, for more information on fine art scans and reproduction.

November Artist of the Month: Travis Ballantyne

“I was sitting in my 5th grade art class. Our teacher challenged us to submit a design for the cover of the school’s yearbook–and I won! That was the moment I knew I was an artist.”

Growing up in a military family, Travis has been able to travel the world and experience the beauty of many different cultures.

He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Art and Design at Texas State University – San Marcos. Upon completing his degree, Travis found his passion for teaching and earned an all-level certification in art education and is currently teaching middle school art in Leander ISD.

“I like to describe my art as abstract with an emphasis on color relationships—balancing cool and warm, light and dark. Most of my work is experimental with no true desired outcome.”

“Miller IDS has been so helpful getting my professional art career off and running. The staff is very informative and knowledgeable in their craft. The quality of their products and services are top notch.” 

Contact Travis:
Website: travisballantyne.com
Instagram: @travisballantyne

Contact our fine art specialist, Dana Burton, for more information on fine art scans and reproduction.

October Artist of the Month: Tom Robb

What makes Tom Robb`s drawings of our favorite musicians and rockstars a bit different? Tom Robb has been a bodyguard for some of the most popular musicians and rock stars for over 35 years. Touring with Bands like Metallica, Robert Plant, Green Day, Linkin Park, Creed, System of a Down, Twenty One Pilots, Kanye West, and many more gives him a special insight and different view of these popular singers.

Traveling to over 85 countries with music tours has left little time to draw his favorite subjects, but during his rare time off he is always challenging himself to catch the raw emotion and pure intensity he sees and feels nightly by these unique artists.

Creativity runs in Tom Robb’s family. His older brother, Dave Robb, (a great artist in his own right) has had great success as the Head Designer of BMW motorcycles in Munich, Germany for over 30 years. His youngest brother, Doug Robb, is the lead singer for the band Hoobastank and is quite creative and artistic himself and has been a subject of Tom`s drawings in the past.

Tom Robb’s art is owned by many celebrities including James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin and Sensational Space Shifters, David Grohl of Foo Fighters, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt of Green Day, Doug Robb of Hoobastank, Bo Jackson of the NFL and MLB, and Shaquille O`Neal of the NBA.

“I do want to say my experience with Miller Imaging is one of the reasons I started getting serious about my art again. The process was so seamless and easy. Every question and concern I had was addressed quickly and professionally. I was learning on the go and Madison`s patience and understanding (on designing his one-sheet) made the whole learning process become a passion project. I have not had that experience in the past and I wouldn’t go anywhere else at this point.”

Contact Tom: 
Email: trobb44@mac.com
Phone: 310-344-2995
#Hellboysecurity

Read the rest of Tom’s feature and see more of his art on our website.

Contact our fine art specialist, Dana Burton, for more information on fine art scans and reproduction.

September Artist of the Month: Jason Wallerstein

Jason Wallerstein was born in South Florida in 1977. As a child, he played in the swamps along with snakes, frogs, turtles, and spiders, and he appreciates the flora and fauna that make up the South. Jason began his fine arts studies at the prestigious, Dreyfoos High School of the Arts in Palm Beach, Florida. He furthered his art education with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). 
 
Jason Wallerstein’s art is quite colorful and is heavily influenced by animals and nature. Themes include flowers, plants, and life experiences. Jason has a love for printmaking and is constantly painting; focusing on his surrounding locale and adventurous encounters. 

Jason Wallerstein and his family moved to Austin in March, 2020. He quickly fell in love with the Texas Hill Country and its’ critters and all of the amazing things (mythical and real) that Central Texas has to offer. From watching the Austin bats flee downtown bridges in search of food at dusk, armadillos in psychedelic party attire, to wild turkeys gobbling aggressively, Jason Wallerstein’s artwork is meant to share his love for all things Texas and the outdoors.”Miller Blueprint’s Dana Burton is so precise and a true perfectionist when it comes to all things color related. Dana is meticulous at color matching prints to the original artwork and really values accuracy, with an unwillingness to settle for anything less than perfect, which as an artist, is truly important and an asset to have on your side.Sydney Donelson is a super supportive cheerleader for any artist that works with Miller Blueprint! We really love working with Sydney because she is always happy, easy going, friendly, and has an amazing can-do attitude about printing artwork. I know I can shoot off an idea to Sydney and she can give me a run down of what has been done in the past or, how to execute my ideas to grow our business. I recently had an emergency and needed a large print done and called Sydney in a panic. She was able to quickly assess our needs and even set up delivery, right to our studio!

Working with Miller Blueprint has overall been a true pleasure. The professionalism exuded by Dana and Sydney has allowed us to feel comfortable working with Miller Blueprint. And, we will continue to do so in the future.” – Donna Wallerstein, Sales & Marketing Specialist BrunkyArt

Contact Jason: 
Instagram: @brunkyart
Facebook: BrunkyArt
Twitter: @BrunkyArt
Pinterest: @BrunkyArt
Website: brunky.com
 
Contact our fine art specialist, Dana Burton, for more information on fine art scans and reproduction.

August 2022 Artist of the Month: Connie Adcock

Connie Adcock was a first-grade teacher at Colorado Academy in Denver for many years. Her approach to teaching young children was to combine her love of books and storytelling, with her flair for art. She loved teaching the kids and was very proud of the stories they wrote and illustrated.
 
Then it was time to retire. Connie and her husband decided to start a new chapter in their lives by moving to Austin. “In line with my notion of moving to Texas for a new “adventure,” I thought to myself: Now it’s time for me to be an artist. So I started painting every day – watercolors and acrylics mostly – and I have loved every minute of it. I’m fascinated by color and pattern, especially in nature. But I also like to create intricate, abstract patterns.”
 
“With each picture I get immersed in the emotion of the painting. These emotions run the gamut from thoughtful and introspective to exuberant and wild. Generally, I think my art expresses positive emotions. People often tell me it seems cheerful and optimistic. I know I love sharing it with them.”
 
“I have worked with Larry and Dana at Miller Blueprint for many years. They are wonderfully competent, but even better, they are wonderful people – always friendly, supportive, and helpful. I would strongly recommend Miller to anyone who is looking for graphic services.”
 
Contact Connie: 
Instagram: @connieadcockart
Website: connieadcockart.com

Contact our fine art specialist, Dana Burton, for more information on fine art scans and reproduction.

July 2022 Artist of the Month: Shannon Fannin

Born 1969 in California, artist Shannon “Shan” Fannin brings vehicles to life with a combination of photorealism and abstraction. Painting in a unique style using acrylics, hands, and brushes allows her to focus on the vehicle while giving a hint of the abstract surroundings.  Fannin travels within the United States and internationally to photograph vehicles and talk with their owners to enhance her creative process.  

Fannin has had 3 solo exhibitions in Colorado, Florida, and Texas. She has shown in national galleries and museums throughout the United States including exhibitions through the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, International Guild of Realism, American Artists Professional League, and American Women Artists. In January 2022 she won First Place in the inaugural Bill Neale Automotive Fine Arts competition. In March 2021 she received Best of Show with the International Guild of Realism, and she became a finalist for the Art Renewal Center exhibition, which included more than 5000 entries from over 80 countries. In 2020 Shan was awarded Best Composition in the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society Best of America. She has been published in Korean, Greek, British, Italian, Spanish, and American publications/blogs including Motortrend Korea, American Art Collector, and Fine Art Connoisseur Blog, Cars Yeah!, and Where Women Create. Fannin’s artworks are currently available through galleries in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. 

“I have been working with Dana for about 5 years. To me, she is a digital magician with crazy skills. My paintings are usually quite large (up to 6′ long) and I use a lot of colors to make my photorealistic vehicles believable. Dana tirelessly matches the colors I’ve used to reproduce high quality giclee prints. Thanks to Dana’s hard work, I can offer fine art prints that my collectors can appreciate and enjoy. Dana is a gem, and I appreciate her dedication and professionalism. I’m so thankful that I work with her, Luci, and the whole Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions team.”

Contact Shannon: 
Instagram: @shanfannin
Facebook: Art by Shan Fannin
Website: shanfannin.com

See more of Shannon’s art on our website.

Contact our fine art specialist, Dana Burton, for more information on fine art scans and reproduction.

June 2022 Featured Artist: Jamie McCormick

Jamie Billman McCormick, the artist behind JBM Studio, is an avid people watcher and recreationalist based in beautiful Austin, TX. Jamie’s modern landscapes reflect life outside and often feature beloved local watering holes. She is passionate about preserving public lands and aims to make art that brings joy and connection through shared experiences. Jamie works primarily in acrylic, gouache, mixed media, and plant-based dyes.

“I’ve worked with Dana and Miller IDS for a number of years. She is always responsive and patient, no many how many times I have to ask her to adjust colors or send and re-send files. Dana is committed to capturing and reproducing a high quality images and I am grateful for her expertise.”

Contact Jamie: 
Instagram: @jbm.studio
Website: jbm.studio

Contact our fine art specialist, Dana Burton, for more information on fine art scans and reproduction.

April 2022 Featured Graphics: PIA MidAmerica 2022 GraphEx Awards

Printing & Imaging of America (PIA) hosts annual Graphic Excellence Awards (GraphEx Awards) which recognize our industry’s outstanding technical achievements in innovation and print production. Earlier this month at the regional awards (MidAmerica) we received advanced notice of 10 awards on entries our talented customers allowed us to enter.

Best of Category:
Art reproductions digital- Tetris Austin by Mila Sketch
Calendars, booklet digital- Arielle Austin Calendars
Posters digital- Sara by Janis Fowler
Wide format (40” or more) display graphics digital- Fluence BioEngineering
Wide or grand format, interior/exterior scapes- Blue Sushi
Wide or grand format, special installation- Plank Seafood Provisions

Award of Recognition:
Announcements & invitations digital- Open Door Preschools Fall Fete Invitations- designed by Buie&Co
Art reproductions digital- Aeons by Jona Burkhalter
Calendars, flat digital- Miller IDS 2022 Artists’ Calendar
Menus digital- Angie’s Mexican Food Restaurant Menu
  
At the regional award event in Dallas we were surprised with an additional 3 awards that are listed below. While these pieces won Best of Category in their specific area, the following awards are open to all “best of category” award winners, so the competition for them is much more intense.

Regional Awards
-Division II (companies with 26-75 employees): Silver award for Tetris Austin by Mila Sketch (art reproduction)
-Best of Central Texas: Platinum award for Plank Seafood Provisions (environmental graphics originally submitted for “wide or grand format, special installation”)
-Best of Digital Printing: Bronze award for Sara by Janis Fowler (art reproduction).

The environmental graphics installation at Plank Seafood Provisions in the Domain has been submitted for national judging and we hope that the praise for this creative design and installation will continue! Thank you to our amazing customers for trusting us with your projects and visions and to those who allowed us to enter their work into the GraphEx contest!

Congrats to all who won!

If you would like to get started on a project with our graphics team, reach out to Sydney Donelson at CSSR@MillerIDS.com.

April 2022 Featured Artist: Jeff Kovalcik

Jeff Kovalcik moved from his hometown of New Braunfels to Austin in 2002 where he finished his BA in studio art at the University of Texas in 2006. His career would meander a bit before he took a detour into the funeral profession where learned the importance of permanent memorialization. During this time, he was still making art but only as a hobby.
 
“I had been experimenting with scratchboard and had seen the realism achieved by other artists and I was enthralled by their work.”
His first scratchboard pet portrait began as a Christmas present in 2013 to memorialize a family pet. Little did he know, that after sharing that first portrait online, he would soon be dedicating his work to a new medium that captures detailed lighting and hyper-realistic textures unlike any he had tried before. After a few years of practicing his craft, he knew that he wanted to provide this service for pet lovers everywhere.
 
Thus was born, Kustompawtraits.com, Kovalcik’s endeavor to create custom and lifelike portraits of our little furry ones. He hopes to contribute to the pet loving community, by creating lasting art for their homes. The results are photorealistic and the black and white aspect allows a unique high contrast, perfect for portraiture.
 
“My goal as an portrait artist, is to create meaningful art that will capture the personality, the twinkle in the eyes, that little mole on their cheek, the spots on their fur and all the other little intricacies that bring your pet to life. I look forward to providing this service full time for years to come and hope I can create some truly unique “pawtraits” and relationships along the way.”
 
“I believe my first encounter with Miller Printing was when I was with the funeral home and drove a company vehicle down to their previous shop to get a window decal affixed to the side. Years later I had a show up at Kerbey Lane Cafe and wanted to get my work professionally scanned for better documentation. I remembered Miller, so I brought in a bunch of work and Dana Burton did such an amazing job. Sooo much better than my old iPhone 4s taking pics! Crisp blacks, and the crazy detail of the scans were sooo cool. So now, every time I finish one of the pet “pawtraits” or any of my other scratchboards I bring them down to Miller so Dana will take care of them.”
 
Contact Jeff:
Facebook: Kustom Pawtraits
Instagram: @kustompawtraits
TikTok: Kustompawtraits
Website: kustompawtraits.com
 
Contact our fine art specialist, Dana Burton, for more information on fine art scans and reproduction.