As the Artist in residence at Acadia I was particularly taken by the ever changing nature of the tidal zone and water's edge. Familiarity was hard to come by even after visiting the same spots frequently because the views were revealed and hidden with changing tides. It took great patience and well timed visits to catch the same view over successive days. What I saw at low tide disappeared at high tide so my visual markers weren’t always easy to find. I used my imagination to help me gain familiarity with section details by picturing things I knew such as animals or characters and this helped me anchor the details and locations in my memory.
John Miller grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelors degree in Zoology and Art.
He has both a graphic art and fine art career focus and has been an Artist in Residence at two National Parks: Acadia National Park in Maine, and Isle Royale National Park in Michigan.
John has over 30 years of illustration and design experience working for business, non-profits, and state agencies. In his illustration and design work he focuses on natural history, natural area preservation, and human health and medical technology related subjects. In his fine art he focuses on natural spaces and natural phenomena with a particular interest in how what we see effects what we think, feel, and believe we know about the world around us.
John is a paddler and spends a good amount of time gliding along the waterways of Wisconsin as well as other northern regions.
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Last updated: January 7, 2020