Jennifer is currently featured in our 2020 Spotlight Exhibit.
Images above are from Jennifer’s 2019 Spotlight Exhibit
Jennifer Miller – Federal Duck Stamp Artist, Signature Member Artists for Conservation (AFC) – Resident of Olean, NY, Cattaraugus County
Jennifer Miller lives just outside of her home town of Olean, NY, where she has spent most of her life surrounded by all she loves most: a natural setting of eastern deciduous forest and wildlife, where visiting birds are a special delight. In addition to the company of wild birds, Jennifer keeps a flock of pet chickens and is regularly entertained by their individual personalities. Indoors, her home is made more lively by the companionship of three parrots and a sassy domestic pigeon. The wild and domestic birds are endless inspiration for her work, even finding their way into her fantasy art, where the imaginative creatures are given the same attention to detail, anatomy, and behavior as their real counterparts. Birds have been a lifelong passion for Jennifer, and her love and devotion to them shines through in her artwork. Jennifer shares her life and adventures with her husband, Brian.
A love of exploring the natural world and enjoyment in learning about both flora and fauna often drives Jennifer and her work. Every walk outdoors is a nature walk and Jennifer participates as a hobbyist naturalist and citizen scientist. Her passion for conservation is echoed through her personal life; applying permaculture and strong habitat ideals to her property both in gardening, in restoring native flora to create better habitat, and powering her home with solar energy.
Jennifer’s work has won many awards, both nationally and internationally. Notably, one of her paintings won the prestigious Federal Duck Stamp competition, and became the 2015-2016 Federal Duck Stamp, which has gone on to raise millions of dollars for habitat conservation. She is also a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation.
“I have held a passion for birds and wildlife since I was a child, and nearly every aspect of my life is steeped in avian undercurrents. The focus of my work is to give people an opportunity to make a connection with animal subjects. In the ever-growing development and erasure of the natural world, close looks at vanishing species have become inaccessible to many. Even common animals that are regularly seen are often overlooked in life’s busy bustle. My work leaves people with a personal connection to the subject, which, in turn, inspires conservation efforts and reconnects people with nature. I believe that emotive portraits of these creatures are easy for all people to connect to, and that emotional connection that can be felt through artwork is a vital first step.”