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. 

June Featured Artist: Julie Ahmad

I am currently in love with alcohol ink and fluid paintings. Not only are the colors vibrantly exquisite, they seem to have a life all their own.  I’m blissfully immersed in the process as I experiment with different unconventional tools and techniques; eye droppers, spritzer bottles, straws, q-tips and blow dryers have all been repurposed.  Even traditional surfaces have been reinvented as I’ve discovered that painting directly onto the glass and then adding a plain white paper background to enhance the ink is providing remarkable results. 

I, as the artist, often feel as if I am merely a vehicle for the application and am delighted to be able to witness as the images unfold. There are many surprises that occur as the painting flows and organically takes shape.

I’ve shown with West Elm Austin, EAST & WEST Austin Studio Tour, Women & Their Work and currently am licensing my work with iCanvas domestically and Artist Lane Internationally.  I have been commissioned to create one-of-a-kind pieces for several collectors around the world. I can’t express enough how gratifying it is when a piece of your art (soul) is welcomed into someone’s home. It’s an honor that is not taken for granted.

Living almost a decade in New York City, working in the fashion industry, texture and color come second nature to me, the cross over to fine art was natural.  The city is where my taste and style was molded, I love bringing that cosmopolitan energy into my work and sharing it with the world.

I attribute my life as an artist to my daughter. When I was pregnant, I often felt this strong burning desire to be creative and work with my hands. There was some kind of organic correlation between my body being in the state of creation and my heart urging my hands to do the same.

I’m currently living in South Central Austin with my husband and our sweet baby girl that we just adore to pieces! Please visit my website www.julieahmad.com to find out more.