Growing up in Bayfield, art has been around me all my life. From the surrounding area’s vast beauty to having an amazing mom as a professional artist (Francie Austin Miller), I use my creativity and its life-long lessons to its fullest, both in my profession and hobbies. Over the last 20 years, I have always kept to the indoor studio creating work in art school and for my graphic design business. When I signed up for Andy Evansen’s plein air class through the Wild Rice Retreat a few years ago, I was really taken aback by the challenge–how hard can it be?? Well, it’s HARD. To me, it’s like your eyes, mind, and paintbrush are all on a first date tango dance lesson–every time. Top this with some wind, moving shadows and sun and realizing you forgot your favorite brush and you are having a perfect day plein air painting. But, hey, what doesn’t kill you, makes you an amazing painter.