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.
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_
JU Salvant began her career in architectural drawing and commercial art, but soon gravitated to the fine arts. Her skillful perspective renderings and beautiful landscapes have been enthusiastically received for more than forty years. Her love of history has led to a highly successful series of paintings of historic buildings, sites and homes in Texas, where she lives and works, and in her native city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Many of Salvant’s paintings of Texas are collected in three books published by the University of Texas Press: The Historic Ranches of Texas, The Historic Seacoast of Texas and If These Wall Could Speak: The Historic Forts of Texas. Salvant has also illustrated a number of other historical books, including Land of Good Water, by Clara Stearns Scarbrough. Her work has been featured in Texas Highways Magazine seven times.
Much of her time is spent on commissions, creating art depicting the private ancestral, family and childhood homes of her clients. Salvant’s paintings and drawings are found in the art collections of two US Presidents, US Congressmen, governors and a former First Lady. Permanent hangings of Salvant’s artwork may be found in the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D. C., the University of Texas Visitors Center, and Fort Concho Historical Museum in San Angelo, Texas. Galleries that have displayed her work are Evangeline Gallery in Lafayette, Louisiana, Merrill-Chase Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, and Sotheby’s of New York.
Teaching people to paint and draw is a passion for Salvant, and she regularly conducts art classes and workshops in Austin and Central Texas. A gifted instructor and mentor, she generously shares her knowledge of the basics of good drawing — perspective, light and shadow, and composition — as well as techniques of watercolor painting and ink drawing. To see more of her beautiful work and to order prints, go to her website.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to visit her website at connieadcockart.com
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
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.
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.”
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.
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. “
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.
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.