From the Studio of…Amelia Midori Miller

(Photo credit: Nick Gordon)

Where is your studio?
My studio is in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

What’s around the corner from your place?
Bushwick is very industrial still, so there aren’t that many places to go eat or shop in the immediate surroundings. Rather, there are wholesale spice warehouses and paper and strap factories.

Art school or self-taught?
I went to the School of Visual Arts in New York for both my BFA and MFA in Fine Arts.

View Amelia’s portfolio here

Favorite material to work with?
Oil on linen stretched over a panel—it maintains the same absorbency of fabric and  the panel makes a very stable support.

Sketchbook do you use one? What type?
I make very quick sketches to plot out where things are going to go, then the rest is decided upon painting. I also draw on photographs I took to figure out the various layers in the paintings.

Traditional or conceptual?

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
I always listen to music. I rarely get into a zone without headphones. It allows me to be carefree in my shared space.

If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?
I probably would have tried out culinary school if I didn’t attend SVA for my MFA. My secret dream job is also to be a florist. It seems like such a peaceful and calming profession.

View Amelia’s work

Day job?
I have worked as a studio manager for an artist for the past five years.

What do you collect?
I don’t buy art but I trade with my artist friends and I have built up quite the collection over the years.

Favorite contemporary artist?
Charline von Heyl is my idol.

See more of Amelia’s work

Amelia Midori Miller, “Midnight Dive”, 2012

Monet or Manet?

Figurative or abstract?
I used to be a figurative painter, but now I enjoy looking at abstract paintings more since I started simplifying and abstracting forms in my own work.

Photo references?
Yes, even though my works seem completely abstract to some, all of my paintings are loosely based on the layering of something I have seen.  I am always taking photographs when I’m out whether they are fences, windows, or random found objects on the street.

Amelia Midori Miller, “Sandy”, 2012

Painting inside or outside?
Definitely inside. I need consistent lighting and I like working on a flat wall.

Is painting dead?
Not at all— I feel painting is one of the only things that is alive and well, because it’s so different from all of the technology taking over our lives. People need a break from everything and that’s why people still love to look at paintings. At least that’s the way I feel.

See Amelia’s portfolio on Saatchi Online


  1. Ian says:

    Amelia, I really liked your interview – especially your last statement about the break from technology that painting can provide. Nice work!

  2. beautiful work.
    just droppin a hello in on ya.
    i’m out on long island near long beach…fuck hurricane sandy!!!
    what a mess.
    anyway i was installing a reception desk that i built in manhattan today yes today and the woman who now sits at that very desk lives in bushwick. wow
    no coincidence
    peace and love

  3. Suneel jain says:

    nice work, i like your painting style.

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