BendnMove is happy to feature the art of Cris Miller with a charity fundraiser for Nepal Seeds.
Mother and Child - Tanzania
I fell in love with the great outdoors, nature, and the act of creating art. Starting from a very young age I have spent a fair amount of time traveling, and moving, exposing me to the many elements of nature as well as juxtaposing geometric architecture in each city. These two elements have thus inspired my creative vision and subject matter, Nature and Geometry. I see a leaf or rock and figure out a way I can incorporate it in a piece of jewelry or artistic image. Currently my recent berth of work incorporates natural casting in Bronze and Silver jewelry as well as geometric shaped rings.
Currently my two favorite mediums are jewelry and printmaking however, this has morphed through out my lifetime. I always go back jewelry and metal though. I love the wear-ability of jewelry as an art form. It doesn't hide in a closet or home, but is worn for the world to see and enjoy. The coming about of my organic Jewelry style came quite naturally. My environment and lifestyle choices directed my work. I am drawn to the shapes and meaning of certain natural elements including seeds and pods, leaves, grass, mosses that give off new life and energy.
I have incorporated these seeds into bronze rings and texturized grass blade dramatic cuffs. These pieces all have a great weight to them, a sort of therapeutic weight and feel. I’ve also created a series of geometric shaped jewelry to juxtapose all the nature in my pieces. These contrasting elements also represent all the small towns, (nature), and cities (geometry and architecture), I’ve lived in, moving around a lot as a child and young adult.
In my most recent printmaking series, I took 35mm film images and created texturized prints using abstract shapes including rugged rocks, with leaf shapes in subdues browns and golden colors, I also created in the same series a print based off Mexican leaves incorporating turquoise, coral, and green. By creating abstract textures I am able to portray the way I see nature. Until nature stops existing and cities are not being built, I will continue to replicate my surroundings in my own artistic vision, for this brings me joy.Cupcake Royale is located at 4556 California Ave SW
Known as an artist even way back in grade school, and taken with racing instead of regular sports, a non-standard kid. Two tours of duty through college; Film Production first, Fine Art second. Copperplate Printing to Japanese Woodcut to Oil Pastel, and finally to canvas. But 97% of artists quit Art as a career; I have been determined never to do that.
The painter should never explain his paintings- ever - for any reason. The art has to do all the talking- but off the record I often say "industrial figurative." I work on a paper surface on top of canvas with a strong graphic element including typography and atmospheric graphs.
All are worked into the mix as compositional elements. Depending on the light, and mood of the viewer, it is possible to see something new with every viewing.
I am told my technique of applying and manipulating paint is unorthodox. The surface is pushed, pulled, scratched, scraped, and "attacked," before I then uses an industrial belt sander to grind away at the results. And I build my own frames out of recycled cedar and industrial material.
I will be on hand March 12th 6-9pm to TALK ART~!Windermere is located at 4526 California Ave SW
I have been creating artwork for years in various mediums. About five years ago I was introduced to the art of relief printmaking and never looked back. I love the versatility of this medium.
My work is inspired by the beauty found in nature. It may be a wisp of a cloud or a creature with a vibrant personality. Each color pigment is an original blend to create one of a kind color. I print on natural fiber paper which adds a unique and organic element to each print. Each piece is hand drawn, carved, and then printed by hand with limited reproductions.On this Thursday’s Art Walk night, our weekly free tasting will feature French wines from in and around the region of Burgundy. We’ll have an inviting selection of reds and whites on hand to sample while you enjoy the artwork of Kim M.
I hope you enjoy,
My inspiration for this series came from a small abstract painting I saw several years ago. It's lines, shapes, colors, and textures made me think of a totem. I wondered what it might look like if the format was changed to be narrow, vertical, more like a totem. I've done that, allowing myself to play and explore my version of totems. Some of these works are representational, others more subtle and abstract. The titles help to convey my connection to each piece.Valentine's Day Heart cookies, wine, and coffee provided by the Admiral Bird!
I have been a fisherman and an artist as long as I can remember. My father, Tom, taught me everything I know about fishing and took me to my first fly fishing school at the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, Colorado. It is my father's love of fishing that you will see in all of my designs. My work is for everyone who loves the outdoors and natural things. While I love catching big fish as much as the next guy, I will take a small stream and a small fish on a small rod all day long.
My primary medium is linocut printmaking, both single color and more detailed multi-color reductions. Printmaking is detailed, satisfying and sometimes very frustrating. I start each print by sketching the image in reverse onto the face of the block. I then use a series of sharp gouges to carve out the areas where ink should not cover the paper. Each print is a hand-made piece of art and is numbered in a limited series.
To break the cycle I like to work in oils and watercolors, especially when traveling, and you will see these works on my page as well. I find inspiration in so many places and always travel with some method to record what I see.
“My little self can only make artworks to resolve the distance between my imagination and what I can never touch.”
“I longed for intimacy with and within everything and anything. I wanted to see each and every microscopic structure of being. I wanted to see through my lover’s eyes into his soul. I wanted to see cells breathing in plants. Ultimately, I wanted to see something I couldn’t see. Slowly within me those kinds of urges disappeared and something lighter took over.”