While many artists take their craft from traditional to digital, CJ Miller’s artistic journey has been quite the opposite. CJ Miller, the nom de guerre of Christopher J. Miller, founded the marketing communications firm Rainmaker Advertising more than 20 years ago. His initial artistic training is rooted in computer graphics, marketing, and visual communication but in 2000 he decided to explore traditional fine arts.
This journey began with several years tutoring/training with Mary Kathryn Collins, a Dallas artist and instructor who supported Mr. Miller in uncovering his unique artistic identity – sort of like uncovering your artistic thumbprint. For the last six years, he’s taken annual sabbaticals to train with Virginia Cobb in her Santa Fe, New Mexico, artist workshop. Ms. Cobb is known for her unique technique, detailed in her book, “Uncovering the Hidden Eye: Experiments in Water Media,” which is a result of years of teaching experimental workshops. She believes that every painting is an experiment, a philosophy Mr. Miller has embraced as a way to gain a deeper, more personal perception of the physical world.
Mr. Miller continues to explore methods of utilizing different tools and materials. He has experimented with mixed-media, graphite, chalk, and crayon, and matte-finished acrylics on canvas, wood, and Strathmore 500 Bristol Board. He believes that painting is a spiritual expression that reflects his current vibration and belief systems.