February 2022 Featured Graphics: Alexander Marchant

Our new neighbors on Metric, Alexander Marchant, reached out to our graphics team to help with window signage and vinyl decal lettering. They requested that we print large logos, hours of operation, warehouse hours, list of vendors, and more.

We printed cut vinyl lettering and installed it on their windows and doors. To make sure the decals were visible from the street, we recommended white as the main color, and used an accent color for the list of vendors to help distinguish the different brands. 

Cut vinyl is a great way to add instructional signage, quick information, and branding to your business, both inside and out. Cut vinyl is also very customizable which makes it versatile and a great option for any business.

Website: www.alexandermarchant.com
Instagram: @alexander_marchant

If you have any questions about cut vinyl, or would like to get started on a project with our graphics team, reach out to Sydney Donelson at CSSR@MillerIDS.com.

 

February 2022 Artist of the Month: Rhea Groepper Pettit

Rhea Groepper Pettit is a contemporary realist painter, and her subjects are typically people, animals, and still lifes. Pettit’s practice is rooted in traditional oil painting technique, while using contemporary subjects, compositions, and rendering. Pettit says, “You have to know the rules in order to break them”. Her experience as a graphic designer also influences her composition and color choices.

Pettit majored in fine art at the University of Texas, but the huge abstracts that were all the rage back then just weren’t her style, and she wanted to earn a living. Pettit switched to a more “practical” degree in graphic design, and for the next 25 years was a professional designer, doing a few paintings here and there, and a lot of digital collage for fun.

Since 2013, Pettit has diligently devoted time to practice fine art and grow as an oil painter, taking many workshops and painting from life on a regular basis (pre-pandemic). In 2016 she transitioned to painting full time as a professional artist.

Pettit has shown in Austin, Georgetown, Round Rock, NYC, Taylor, Waco, Dallas, and Conroe gallery group shows, and has had small solo shows in Austin, Georgetown, and Pflugerville (her home for 12 years). She has also won several awards in juried shows, and is honored to be a member of Capitol Art Society.

“I recently created a series of figures in nature, which I call “Heavenly Bodies” Twenty-eight of these paintings were included in a show at Dougherty Arts Center in December. I am currently working on a series of clothing on clotheslines, which is both nostalgic and modern.”

“I love Miller Imaging, and have been a customer since my design days back in the 90s! Dana is amazing, and has a great eye for detail and color. She is a true miracle worker; I always trust her to scan my paintings for fine art prints. Larry and the rest of the staff who I’ve worked with have all been professional and very welcoming. I feel like I’m walking into “Cheers” (where everyone knows your name) when I visit. That is a rare thing these days, and is very appreciated!”

Website: www.rgpettit.com
Instagram: @rheapettit

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

 

January 2022 Artist of the Month: Dwain Kelley

Dwain Kelley’s paintings and drawings have slowly but surely evolved from an early realism— landscapes, primarily — to works that retain that foundation but explore the shape, line, and color relationships in a more experimental direction.

Even in the simplest pen-and-ink line drawing, there is always movement and tension. Some pieces are carefully orchestrated while others start off spontaneous and then develop naturally. With the exception of black-and-white drawings, almost all are mixed-media, utilizing gouache, graphite, and prismacolor pencil, pastels, and ink. Dwain’s approach to both life and art is essentially optimistic, and he conveys that quite successfully in all his works. 

Dwain Kelley: Website

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

January 2022 Featured Graphics: Brandon Miller Group Construction Banners

Brandon Miller Group came to us for mesh construction banners for a new development, The Mercer. The Mercer is located in New Braunfels and will feature 42 single-level condos with shared community amenities, including a resort-style pool, entertaining bar & grills, covered lounge, yard games, and a dog park. The sales and marketing efforts are being handled by Brandon Miller Group, who requested 70 mesh banners installed on the fencing to brand the construction site.

Mesh construction banners are perfect for outdoor use because of the airflow able to get through the material. Other banners can whip around in the wind, causing damage, as well obstructing the design printed on the banner. Since the mesh allows air to flow through the banner, rather than fighting against it, it stays in place and stays visible.

We appreciate Brandon Miller Group for sending their business our way! If you are curious about The Mercer, you can visit their website, and if you are interested, they are now selling in New Braunfels, from the $200’s. 

Brandon Miller Group: website and Instagram
The Mercer: website and Instagram

For more information on banner options, or to place an order, contact our team at CSSR@MillerIDS.com!

December 2021 Artist of the Month: Lucina Suarez

Born in Fort Worth, Texas, I am a child of Mexican immigrants. From a young age, I’ve enjoyed creating art—weaving, watercolor, mixed media, and recently acrylic painting. Nonetheless, art had been a sideline to a lifelong career in public health and epidemiology. Now retired, time allows me to paint with purpose and passion.

The story of my parents’ journey to the US has been a point of pride among our family. I wrote a book about their journey from Mexico to Texas and our family’s early years in America. The book, published shortly after my mother’s death in 2019, was edited by a journalist friend. With me not being able to afford her professional services, she bartered her skills for a painting—the subject matter left to me. At the time, my thoughts were on my mother, her life, and our world as youngsters. Experiencing her loss conjured up her kitchen, her endless tasks making tortillas and foods of her native land, her traditional tools to grind the corn—molcajete, the vegetables from her garden, the Navidad tradition of making tamales, and her stove. So, I filled my canvas with these memories—the figure of a young woman doing the work, thereby producing joy in the form of flowers flowing from her skirt.

I’m not a professional painter, strictly amateur, still learning. Still, I was loathed to give up the painting, but a deal was a deal. I normally take a photo of my paintings using my iPhone for my beginning portfolio. But for this painting, I took it to Miller, specifically to Dana, to preserve it in the best image possible. I am grateful to Dana, who made sure that the colors, particularly, the red in the skirt was true to the original painting.

-Lucina Suarez

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

November 2021 Featured Graphics: First “Artist of the Month” Calendar!

It is Miller Calendar time! This year we are printing two varieties of calendars in-house! We will have our annual Don Collins calendar for those who like the tradition, plus a new calendar that features all the incredible artists who we featured as our artists of the month throughout 2021! 

We are excited to be doing something new with the calendar this year, and hope you share in the excitement! 

Drop in the stores after December 1st to pick up your calendars, or place your order here!

 

October 2021 Artist of the Month: Joseph Valadez

Joseph Valadez is from San Antonio. He went to the University of Texas at Arlington and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Information Systems. Joseph enjoys spending time in the small towns of New Braunfels and Gruene, Texas, where most of his family lives. He moved to Austin in late 2020 to start working as a Systems Analyst.

His time spent out of work consists of running, kayaking, camping, fishing, and many other outdoor activities where most of his inspiration arises. Joseph paints mainly with acrylic and watercolor while also exploring other types of art such as sculpting and ceramics. Joseph says that his most recent and invested painting started when he moved to Austin.

“Gruene Hall at Dusk” took approximately 150 hours, and was completed in March of 2021. “Gruene reminds me of a place where I have shared great times with friends and family. This piece was painted for my daughter which encouraged me to bring out my best work.”

“The prints that Miller IDS provided have portrayed every detail that my original painting has. Dana Burton has kept in direct contact with me during my process of scanning my artwork and made sure that I received the highest quality prints. Dana and her team make this process easy and stress free. I can trust Miller IDS with my artwork and I am looking forward to continuing working together.”

Joseph’s Instagram: @jsph.valadez

Joseph’s Email: jsphvaladez@yahoo.com

Joseph’s Phone Number: 210-209-0980

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

August 2021 Featured Graphics: Waterloo Turf Business Collateral

Waterloo Turf Co. brings 5+ years of local turf and installation knowledge to every project site they step foot on. With several hundred thousand square feet of turf installations under their belt, they know how to maximize your space and capture your perfect yard.

Waterloo Turf is held to the highest quality standard on the market backed by their manufacturer’s 15 year warranty. Every Waterloo Turf product is built to be safe and guaranteed to be lead-free, making it great for families, kids and pets. From general lawn replacements to pet systems, custom speed putting greens and playgrounds, Waterloo Turf has everything you need to create, envision and build your dream backyard!

We can print your business’ marketing collateral, not just your exhibit boards and business cards! We produce name tags, brochures, flyers, booklets, and more!

For Waterloo Turf, we produced and printed a variety of business collateral. We printed business cards, turf tags to identify samples, flyers, and a contour-cut (non-rectangular) foamcore sign for customers to be photographed with. 

We really appreciate customers like Waterloo Turf reaching out for these supporting printed documents! What can we do for you?

Waterloo Turf Website
Instagram: @waterlooturf

For more information on our Graphic Printing services, please contact Elesha at CSSR7@MillerIDS.com. 

August 2021 Artist of the Month: CoCo Zentner

Having grown up in Monroe, Louisiana, CoCo Zentner’s artwork stems from her many days spent soaking in the culture, food, and nature of her southern surroundings. The vibrant atmosphere of her upbringing contributes to her heavy use of color, which plays a significant role in her art.

CoCo is constantly seeking to bring light and beauty to often-overlooked subjects, reflecting a detail and depth resonating with many collectors and designers alike. She paints primarily in oil and watercolor while also exploring different mediums such as oil pastels and charcoal.

“I have loved working with Miller IDS & Dana over the past few years. They are able to replicate my artwork precisely each time and always in a timely manner. As an artist, it has been a joy to see my work come to life in a different form all due to the Miller team.”

CoCo’s Website
CoCo’s Instagram: @cocozentner_art

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

May 2021 Artist of the Month

Born in Houston, Collins was reared on his family’s small ranch in north Texas during the heart of the great depression. His youth was almost idyllic, roaming freely through the woods and streams of the beautiful Trinity River valley.

Art was a compulsion from his earliest days, often to the detriment of his scholastic efforts! After several educational false starts, and military service during the Korean war, he yielded to his artistic urges and completed his formal education at UT Austin in 1956.

He immediately began a 52 year career as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Busy years followed, with a great variety of commercial clients, but in his early 40’s, painting became an important part of his work, and he participated in many prominent shows throughout the Southwest, as well as enjoying some gallery representation.

Collins’ eclectic subject matter reflects his rural upbringing, as well as impressions and experiences encountered in career of many decades.

Now painting and showing at a reduced pace, he still delights in hitting the back roads in search of new impressions to bring back to his easel and record….the compulsion still lingers!

Don’s Website: www.dchandart.com

Contact our fine art specialist, Dana Burton, for more information on fine art scanning.