Toledo Artist Becky Miller continues to dazzle her fans – those who love her work and those who don’t yet know they love her work. Miller has just released her latest painting of a most unsuspecting subject matter – Bull Kelp. She combs local beaches searching for that “big look” as only she can bring to the canvass.
Here’s Miller’s thoughts about her latest work, “Two Worlds.”
This is my latest painting, a 36″x48″ oil on canvas I have entitled “Two Worlds.” It is an expression of my fascination with the juxtaposition of two very distinct worlds here at the Oregon coast – the woods and the ocean. This painting shows kelp that is freshly washed ashore after a storm, which also blew a leaf down onto the beach from the adjacent woods. Plant life in the ocean takes on the character of water – its generous flows and curves are what attracts me to it as a subject matter. By contrast, plant life on land must be stiff and more economical in structure to survive. The relatively tiny leaf from the tree stands in stark contrast to the broad, long, winding leaves of the bull kelp on which it rests. I was also attracted to the beautiful contrast of the red and green, and blue and orange that Nature created in this scene. This painting has already found a home, but prints will be available soon.
Miller tells News Lincoln County that it has always been her plan to compile a repertoire of sea vegetation paintings for a large exhibit somewhere. But a funny thing keeps happening. They all sell, almost as fast as she can create them.
Miller has a number of her works, both ocean going as well as land dwelling displayed in the region. They’re being shown at Ozone Fine Art in Newport, just west of Mo’s Annex on the Bayfront, as well as at Pegasus Gallery in Corvallis, at 341 SW 2nd, right next to the Post Office.
You can also catch one of works hanging in the art gallery at the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Museum on Newport’s Bayfront.