William H. Miller, grew up in Western New York State, after attending Niagara County Community College studying Fine Arts, he pursued his art education in New York City. After graduating from Parsons School of Design in 1983, he began his career as a computer graphic artist. Since then, Billy, as his friends call him, has broadened his scope to include graphic design, art direction, painting, digital photography, marketing and internet marketing.
In the 1980s and early 90s Billy worked for a computer graphics agency, Genigraphics working as a Computer Graphic Artist, Production Manager, Art Director, Account Executive and finally Center Manager in NYC.
In 1995, Billy left New York City for Dallas and he worked at AT&T as an Internet Marketing Manager on att.com. Collaborating with many talented designers, programmers, writers and others to produce an ecommerce website to sell and service consumer telecommunications products and services.
In 2004 Billy began to show and sell his work publicly. A corporate job doing online marketing for Direct Energy, a global electric, oil & gas company, presented itself in 2006 - Billy vowed to not let a corporate job stop him from creating art on his own. In 2007 he secured his first art studio in Houston at Winter Street Studios. For 8 years he played an active role in the Houston art scene. In 2015, Billy relocated to Myrtle Beach, SC and opened his second studio close to the ocean.
These days creating digital images and paintings occupies much his workload, but, he continues to look for opportunities to showcase his art, painting in public spaces, and accepting commissions for projects. He strives to continue to evolve and grow as an artist specializing in the visual arts.
Art is a way...
I create art in an effort to fulfill a desire to create and to explore my own sense of self. I love observation, and through my artwork try communicate to others my unique view of the world. Communication is a universal connection. I paint abstracts to communicate complex themes and emotions and enjoy that the viewer brings their own valid experience to the process and final creation of the abstract. I am inspired everyday and use new technologies such as the iPhone, iPad and computer with traditional methods to make sure that I continue to grow as an artist and strive to create something everyday.
Recently moved to, living and working in Myrtle Beach, SC, William H. Miller draws from his years as a fine artist with a successful studio in Houston, TX in the Washington Avenue Arts District. In 2014 William was recognized by the Mayor of Houston with a proclamation making June 30th, 2014 William H. Miller day to celebrate his contributions to the Houston art scene and his iconic cowboy boot paintings and tour of Texas to seek inspiration for a new body of work he is pursuing.
William uses experience in computer graphics and traditional fine art methods to create pieces that embody the abstract using concepts of shape, line, texture, pattern, form and color.
In 2012, the opportunity to create full time as an artist presented itself to Billy. He has had the fortune of showing his art in Texas in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston as well as in New York and California.
In 2013, furthering his drive as a full-time artist Billy was selected into the Escapism mentorship program of John Ross Palmer. Billy thrived as a full-time artist by cultivating collectors statewide and using his artwork and painting live to pay it forward through many charitable organizations. At the end of his mentorship he was voted Escapist of the Year by his peers in the program.
In December 2014, Billy relocated to the Myrtle Beach area to continue his art making, adding new collectors and becoming a major force in the art scene in South Carolina. He is thrilled to invited to become a Board Member of the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle and give back and play a role in the local art community of Myrtle Beach.
Since opening his studio/gallery in 2015, William has been a Winner & Finalist for Best Artist and Best Gallery in the Happening List. He was also instrumental in starting the artist networking group ArtEscape Creative Artist Group which also won Best Networking Group. William is a member of local arts organizations - Seacoast Artists Group, Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild, South Carolina Water Media Society, Create Conway and an appointed member of the City of Myrtle Beach Cultural & Art Committee. Recently working with local businesses and gallery owners became a founding member of the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Five Points area of Myrtle Beach.
William was selected to compete in ArtFields 2016 and showed his painting "Leap of Faith" that was shown at the Jones Carter Gallery in Lake City, SC.
In July of 2016 William was awarded an Artist Venture Initiative Grant to create a new body of digital artwork. He created a new body of work that was chosen for the 2017 ArtFields Competition. You can see that here.