mixed media Carefree, AZ
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mixed media
Alyson Miller Artist
Alyson Miller

An artist all my life, I am a member of the Sonoran Arts League currently showing at The Gallery at El Pedrigal.

My eclectic contemporary style is unique and engaging. I arrived at it circuitously, from an extensive Fine Art education and an original intent to be an artist, through years of design work in the high-tech industry, then back to creating my own art with renewed sense of purpose.

Born and raised in New York City, I grew up in an arts-friendly family. As a child my favorite presents were colored pencils, pastels, paints, and origami paper. During high school, life drawing classes at the Art Students' League in Manhattan, along with visits to New York City's many art museums and galleries, cemented my desire to pursue art as a career.

I completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Queens College of the City University of New York and graduate work in Fine Art at the University of California at San Diego, on full scholarship.

Life interrupted my plans to be a full-time working artist, but I kept my creative energy alive during this hiatus by pursuing a career as a visual designer/writer of user manuals, software user interfaces and newsletters, and as a web designer in the high-tech industry in the San Francisco Bay area and Portland, Oregon (where I raised my family), including stints with Hewlett-Packard and Intel. On the side, I made jewelry, worked with yarn, designed extensive gardens, and painted murals on my walls.

Now I live and create art in Carefree, AZ, where my work has been juried into local outdoor art festivals put on by Thunderbird Artists and Vermillion Promotions, a Fiber Arts Invitational at the Holland Gallery, as well as multiple Sonoran Arts League rotations and shows. I'm delighted to have found my way back to my original calling.