From Tabor City in southeastern North Carolina, now living in Cary, Nancy Hughes Miller has been a full-time artist since 2007. She was a graphic designer for more than 25 years after graduating from North Carolina State’s School of Design. Miller remains influenced by the multifaceted design education she received there and by her studies in figure drawing, photography and art history. A lifetime of creative endeavors, her design background and workshops also shape Miller as an artist, but primarily she hones her craft through self instruction and practice.
Her love of the natural world — its beauty and fragility — inspires Miller to create her paintings. With oil paint, she explores color and light, shapes and forms, while rendering a contemporary landscape in her unique style. Painting from memory and imagination, especially coastal landscapes, is her passion. Places ingrained in her mind — the beaches and marshes of North Carolina — are reflected in her art. However, she wishes her paintings to be less location-specific and more an impression of everyday nature — where the colors of sky, earth and water converge on the horizon.
Miller’s work is exhibited at The Little Art Gallery in Raleigh’s Cameron Village, Fine Art at Baxter’s in New Bern and Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC. She is a member of Raleigh’s Visual Art Exchange and is a regular donor to their annual art auction fundraiser. Other groups who have benefitted from her art donations include The North Carolina Museum of Art, Wake County SPCA, Hospice of Wake County, Durham Art Guild, Prevent Child Abuse NC and the NC Children’s Hospital.