Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Gus and Janvier Miller interviewed by Victoria Palacios on their Painting, Sculpture and Pottery

Janvier and Gus are interviewed in their former Vero Beach home on their paintings, sculptures and pottery with Victoria Palacios.

Victoria sits in the garden to talk with Jan and Gus on their art. She also takes us inside the studios.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

__a long run____

autobiographical  -  challenging  -  immersive  -  pleasure of color  -
Many hours of joy.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Paffard's Brook

acrylic on canvas   38" x 40"   This is the only painting I've done all summer.  Lots of yard work.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fans and Vessels, Show at Mystic Museum of Art, Janvier Miller

Janvier Miller, Fans and Vessels Show at the Mystic Museum of Art The paintings begin with studies on paper, Each canvas takes about a month to complete. I work on several at once trying to a balance betwwn description and abstraction. I enjoy playfully pushing paint around, then slowly imposing order to create a unified picture. I am also a potter. The vases naturally become subject matter.

Show ran from August 4, 2017 - September 16, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Today's local paper

Too bad they got the opening date wrong but the show is up all month.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Mystic Museum of Art postcard

The museum is mailing out 700 of these cards.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Solo show at Mystic Museum is almost here.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Artscope magazine


Acrylic on canvas 20" x 20" Small plein air painting from this week.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Day Sailors

acrylic on canvas 20" x 20" sold today at the Noank Historical Society annual show.

Friday, June 30, 2017


Two shows of my work coming up in August. The Underground Velvet Studio in the Velvet Mill here in Stonington is showing Gus and me together for the month.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Janvier Miller Painting Video

Video of Jan painting in her studio

Jan_v01.1 from Eastern Blocc on Vimeo.
Video by Jeremy Hartman


Getting ready for my show in August at the Mystic Museum of Art

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Deep in the Reef

acrylic on canvas  36" x 48"

Thursday, May 25, 2017

long gone

Before this blog I wasn't keeping track of my work.  These old flower paintings are long gone along with a bunch of other work.  I don't have a record of where paintings have gone.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

one more...


I use to paint a lot of flower arrangements.  These are sold and gone.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Deep in the Reef

acrylic on canvas  36" x 48"

Monday, May 22, 2017

May light

Always moving the easel around this time of year because of the angle of the sun.

Monday, May 8, 2017


48" x 60"  acrylic on canvas   This took me all of April.  Happily it has a buyer.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spring Chickens

acrylic on canvas   38" x 40"   Our neighbor has 2 hens.  They were the inspiration for this painting.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

China Vase

acrylic on canvas  44" x 50"

Friday, March 24, 2017

Grand's Poppy Fan

acrylic on canvas  38" x 40"  Started last summer, just finished.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

show review

                                         Thoughts About

                                 The Art of Janvier Miller

      There's something about the art of Janvier Miller
       Walk up to one of her paintings in a gallery on a gloomy day and pay attention
to how your mood subtly elevates.  It's not a matter of clever manipulation by an 
artist toying with our emotions.  It has much more to do with her ability to infuse
her subjects with a sense of her own tranquility and joy.  It's very hard not to intuit 
those sensibilities in her work.
      The joy is there in the way she handles color and paint.  She can imbue her 
pictures with a kind of breezy nonchalance that captivates and is distinctly upbeat.  
At the opposite end of her spectrum(with acrylic) seems to be a tone of oriental 
elegance, of unruffled calm.
      Her paintings often have an all-over quality, with a jumble of ideas and objects 
covering the surface as if situated by an I Ching chance operation or, more likely, an
act of nature.  But she sidesteps what could easily become a slide into chaos by 
anchoring the work with a series of carefully placed everyday objects or creatures.
      Or, as in her show at the Center for Spiritual Care, she may focus on a large
image that covers almost the entirety of the canvas.
      For example, in the very successful Pond-Fan our attention is drawn to the 
placid, light-dappled fish pond.  It is only on closer inspection that we realize the 
image is not simply a pond but a rendering of a pond emblazoned on another object:
a painting of a painting.
      At a certain point in her career, Miller worked almost exclusively in silk screens.
She wanted her art to be affordable and available to viewers from all walks, and 
this reproducible medium allowed for that.  Yet the attention she paid to nuance and
the refinement of these pieces differs not in the least from the way she approaches
her more ambitious acrylics.
      In the silk screens shown here, note the finesse with which she blends colors, one 
shading into the next with almost indiscernible grace.  It is this kind of care, 
balanced by her willingness to throw caution to the winds, that distinguishes her work.
      Her mastery of ceramics also deserves mention.  She produces pots that have a 
tactile integrity.  These she finishes with images as notable for their simplicity as their
wit and sophistication.  Their unconsciously Japanese flavor once encouraged an 
admirer to muse that in a former life Miller surely was the abbess of a Zen convent.

                    Omedito gozaimasu, Miller-san.

                                                                                   Warren Obluck

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Palm and Cardinal

acrylic on panel painted at EcoFest at the Environmental Learning Center this past week end.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Fishbowl and Begonia

acrylic on panel   20" x 24"    Last painting ready for hanging show tomorrow.  The 2 rooms are small so I've focused on smaller pieces.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017


acrylic on canvas    44" x 50"      This will be the largest painting in the show.  Mangos on the table.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017


acrylic on canvas  36" x 36"

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Pond Fan

Acrylic on canvas    36" x 36"
This will be in my show next month at the Center for Spiritual Care.
I find square canvases harder to resolve.  This is part of a series of fan subject paintings
 that follow a series of vessel paintings I've been doing.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Art by the Sea

Annual show by the Vero Beach Art Club.  My painting sold.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


catching up

Kite Flying  acrylic on canvas  38" x 40"    I painted this when we first got back to Florida.