Born in Minneapolis in 1952, Bruce Miller showed signs of artistic talent at an early age, Given a set of acrylic paints for seventh grade art class, he painted exclusively with acrylics until 1999, when he began painting with oils.
After high school, Bruce majored in art at St. Cloud State University and expanded his horizons as a world traveler. He returned to Minnesota to seriously pursue his art career in 1975. Miller experimented with a variety of genres including portraits, landscape, abstract and surrealism. Being an avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout, in 1981 he began painting wildlife.
In 1988 he won his first national contest, Artist of the Year for the Michigan Wildlife Art Festival and since has won over 50 awards and been featured at several major art shows in the country.
He has won 23 conservation stamps including the 1993 Federal Duck Stamp and recently the 2015 Texas Duck Stamp. And was named the 1999 Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year, The National Wild Turkey Federation Artist of the Year 2008 and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Artist of the Year in 2002 and 2011. Miller's work has generated over $10,000,000 for conservation. Conservation of wetlands being paramount in his life.
His work also has won critical acclaim, being selected for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson “Birds in Art” exhibition. His paintings have won two 'Award of Excellence' honors, at the Natureworks art show in Tulsa. He has also won two Artist Choice awards at the Artist Studio and Auction at the Calgary Stampede. Most recently in 2014. He also does the Safari Club International show in February.
In 1999, Miller was moved by some art he saw at The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis. He decided to switch to oil and attempt to paint in the impressionistic manner. His work continues to evolve after 4 years of intense study, from 2000-2004.
He studied composition, value and color, and edges for the first time! Each morning from 8-10 am, Miller would read art books on the principles of good painting, and study the work of artists he admired. He was especially moved in 2012 by a once in a lifetime exibit of Nicolai Fechin. You will see the influence in his chicken portraits and cougar painting. He continues to evolve as all art does. And he continues to experiment with expressionistic techniques.
The first week of November he teaches a painting workshop[ (see Events) and enjoys passing on his knowledge to others.
Lifestyle and Comment
Thank you for visiting my site! The first half of the year I generally do wildlife paintings with a focus on the organizations I work with, such as the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Ducks Unlimited.
My passions outside of art are bird and duck hunting, and fly fishing. I will fly fish for anything I can, but my favorite sport is doing a canoe float and fly fishing for smallmouth bass with popper flies. My family and I are fortunate to live on Lake Minnetonka, west of Minneapolis. We enjoy the lake, with swimming, fishing, boating, and sitting on the deck enjoying the view. Its Deb and I, Maycelle-20 and Matt 18, with Ranger- yellow lab, Bowser-black lab and Charlie the cat. (Ranger will be featured on 2017 DU print).
I am also the head shooting coach for the Mound-Westonka Highschool Trap shooting team, of which I find very rewarding. Teaching kids to handle guns safely, improving their shooting technique, and mentoring kids that don't have a parent to help get them into the shooting sports. We are also creating shooters and hunters and conservationists for future generations.
Thank you for your interest in my work and for stopping by!
Bruce Miller | BRUCE MILLER FINE ART
3964 Enchanted Lane, Mound, MN 55346 | 612-240-3198