THROUGH AN ARTIST’S EYES: Rockley artist Tim Miller with one of his beautiful works from the Macquarie exhibition. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 091914ptim2THE enigmatic Tim Millerhas spent 40 years of hislife as an artist.
Although he started out lifestudying mathematics andteaching, he can’t reallyremember a time when he didn’t paint.
Although he was born inWellington, NSW, he has livedin Rockley for 33 years.
Mr Miller created hisRockley Studio 20 years ago outof mud brick.
It his here he has his gallery,framing room, workshop andlife drawing space.
“I spend too much of mytime in there,” he freely admits.
Throughout his career hehas done mostly landscapepainting, many of them hugein scope and scale.
Mr Miller taught life painting and drawing for fiveyears at Charles SturtUniversity. He also taught atOrange TAFE for four years.
He has worked in variousgalleries around Australia, andhas pieces in a number ofmajor collections in ParliamentHouse and the NationalMuseum.
He staged an exhibition,Macquarie 1810-2010, in 2010at Parliament House in Sydney.
The artist used journals andnotebooks to help give aninsight into GovernorMacquarie. He also spoke toAboriginal people and lookedat how the land was used at thetime.
“That was really interesting,”he said.
“You can only use words aswell as you understand them.It is like that for art too.
“All your life you are tryingto understand. You neverunderstand, but you keep trying.”
He also gave himself a project of painting the sunsetevery single day for 12 months,no matter where he was at thetime.
This has meant he has hadto bolt from dinners, leave conversations unfinished, andpull the car over to the side ofthe road to capture the dyinglight.
“I really enjoyed that project,” he said.
“Sometimes you get on a rolland sometimes you get off it,but with the sunsets I had nochoice. I had to keep going.
“I was working on big paintings during the day andthen I would stop everything todo my little sunset.
“It didn’t matter what elsewas going on.”
Mr Miller’s solo exhibitionshave included Celebrating 25Years at Rockley, RockleyStudio in 2006 and Light is myConsolation, at the StopLaughing This Is SeriousGallery, Blackheath in 2003.
He also had a solo exhibitionin 1992 at the University ofWestern Sydney, Milperra.
In 1981, he was awarded theLife Drawing Prize, MacquarieArt School Bathurst.
He completed Studying inLeonardo’s Shoes, AnatomyWorkshop, at the University ofNew South Wales, Sydney in2004.
He also studied life drawingwith David Wilson at theMacquarie Art School Bathurstin 1981 and in 1978-79 he completed a study tour ofmajor art museums and galleries in the UnitedKingdom, Netherlands, Franceand Italy.
However, Mr Miller hasspent the past two years of hislife preparing an exhibitiontitled Journeys West, which wasthe brainchild of formerOrange Regional Gallery director Alan Sisley, who diedin February.
The exhibition, which features 36 artists including MrMiller, opened at OrangeRegional Gallery on October 3and will run until November 14.
Local artists include PeterMarshall from Rockley, IngridMorley of Tarana, Gria Shead of Bathurst, David Lake ofNewbridge and Rachel Ellis ofBathurst.
Mr Miller and his wife Chrishave three children and twograndchildren.
One of the artist’s fondestmemories is of visiting his sonwhen he was living in Nepal andhaving the opportunity to paintand walk in the mountains.
Mr Miller was studying mathematics at MitchellCollege when he began painting professionally. He wasin his early 20s.He found himself working asa gardener in 1974 forrenowned artist Reg Campbelland his wife Evelyn, an artist inher own right.
The couple recognised histalent and mentored him. Now he has paintings inpublic and private collectionsin Australia, the UK, China,Japan, the USA, Canada, NewZealand and Zimbabwe.
“I’ve been very lucky – veryfortunate,” he said.
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