Hello Art Lovers...
My name is Diane Miller. This adorable pooch is my dog, Kia. She loves treats, walks and getting scratched..typical dog!
I live in Garland, Texas. I didn't begin life here though! I moved here from the "mitten" state or Michigan in my early 20's.
I was looking to lose the winter months and find a long summer season. In Texas, boy did I find one!
It is hot here, did I say HOT?, during the long hot summer!
I come from a family of six girls and no brothers! My mom was to become a school teacher, but for the time being, when I was younger, she was a stay at home mom!
I was the second born. I believe my dad hoped I'd be a boy, cuz he nicknamed me Pete. Alas, daughters were the only gender in the future for this Lansing police officer...!
My first job ever was at McDonald's, from there I graduated to fine dining service!
My "day" job remains in the service industry.
It has been an invaluable educator of the human condition and behaviors!
I've learned much about myself, communication skills and building relationships.
One of the more valuable things I learned is the vast importance of being positive. A huge benefit in every day living! I've come to understand that a bright smile and a friendly disposition will take you places that a grump can't go!
I have one child, a son who is an all around gorgeous person. He is married to a wonderful woman, they are happy and that is all I can ask for...and I have two beautiful granddaughters.
They are my claim to immortality and I wish for them both a long, happy, healthy and blessed life.
My life as a blossoming artist...forever a work in progress...
Though I've always loved the meditative journeys that goes hand in hand with creating art, I did not always pursue art on a daily basis.
I was a "dabbler" who felt like an impostor if I dared declare that I was an artist!
At 30 I began my college career, took me 15 years to graduate with a B.S. in Art! These years guided me, gave me time to play, practice and perfect multiple art techniques!
A very wise Aristotle once said:
"Whatever we learn to do,
we learn by actually doing it;
men come to be builders,
for instance, by building,
and harp players
by playing the harp".
I think truer words were never spoken!
I learnt to be an artist by practicing art, that's for true!
If anyone says they can't draw, it's because they haven't drawn long or often enough! I truly believe an artist resides in us all. It needs only to be nourished and pruned!
So Draw and encourage others to do the same! It will change your life!
Back to my collage days...this time in my life became my growth, learning and productive years. It gave rise to my dreams because I felt more confidence in my abilities!
Today, I feel it true when I tell someone, "I am an artist"!
Genesis as a Tissue Paper Collage Artist:
I began to "play" with tissue paper as a collage material soon after my dear friend became pregnant.
I'd always loved Eric Carle's (a famous tissue paper artist) books filled with his fun and unusual tissue art. It inspired me to give it a try.
You might recall "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"? To mention one of his books...
As for my pregnant friend, she had a beautiful baby daughter.
The rich colors inherent in tissue paper helped me create some bright, cheerful and colorful art for her nursery.
In the process of "playing" with this medium, I enhanced my life unexpectedly.
....now years later my "COLORFUL" sails are still set on the vibrant waters of tissue paper creations!