Barbara Jean Phillips Miller was born and raised in Greene County in Northeast Tennessee with a steady view of rolling hills and the Appalachian Mountains. Her first realistic drawing was of then President John F. Kennedy when she was 4-years old - skipping the stick-figure stage.


Throughout her youth, she had an unquenchable appetite for art classes and graduated high school with 8 credits in art and mechanical drawing and holds a certificate for studies in commercial art. She continues to learn various painting and drawing techniques with passion.


Now that she has retired, she has put her energy into juried art shows and has built quite a repertoire of high-end shows including the Bar Harbor Fine Arts Show and the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, to name just two.



Artist Statement:


I have been drawing for almost 60 years and painting for 50 of those. I spent much of my work life in various graphic art and marketing positions and not doing a lot of painting-for-pleasure. Retirement lets me create art because I want to!


I began working with polymer clay a little over 7 years ago as a way of stepping away from complex paintings but found that I enjoy it just as much as painting!



Description of Work:


Rendered in one of several different mediums, my paintings mostly reflect my home state and other beautiful areas I have visited. I love to paint mountains, creeks, rolling hills, and clouds in acrylics, watercolors, and oils. The medium depends on my mood as well as the subject. The largest paintings I have completed are 24 x 48 inches. The smallest paintings are around 1 x 1 1/2  inches. The small paintings are hand framed and most are scaled to fit 12:1 scale dollhouses.


My polymer clay works range from jewelry to miniature flowers, and bonsai trees. Many of my miniature pieces are also scaled to fit “grown-up” dollhouses.


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