Transformation

Peter Miller

Oil on canvas, 32 x 38 inches

Framed

American artist Peter Miller (1913-1996) was born Henrietta Myers in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She began using the name Peter Miller after concluding her studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1934 and her marriage to fellow artist and Academy student Earle Miller in 1935. She felt collectors and critics would take her paintings more seriously if she was identified as a male. In childhood, Henrietta and her best friend Ruth picked fictitious nicknames for themselves, and Henrietta reportedly decided upon the name Peter because she liked the idea that it was derived from the Greek word for “rock” or “stone”. Drawn to being one with the natural world would prove to be an essential inspiration to her creativity throughout her life. Miller is classified as an American Modernist, a reputation she earned for having shown at the prestigious gallery and premiere showcase for Surrealist painting of Julien Levy in New York in the 1940s. Reviewers of her exhibitions noted the unmistakable influence of the artists Joan Miró, whose work she owned and whom she knew, and Arthur Carles, whom she studied with, and sources in Native American culture, which came from sharing time between her home state of Pennsylvania and New Mexico. 
She and her husband Earle split their time between Pennsylvania and their ranch in Espanola, New Mexico. Bordering the San Ildefonso Pueblo and developing a trusted friendship with the Native Americans, she was greatly inspired by their culture and rituals, as well as by the deeply rooted love for their land. Peter's admiration for the beauty of the terrain evoked a sensuality in her work that was represented in her focus on spirituality through deep color saturation.

Additional work by this artist

Magic Circle

Magic Circle

Peter Miller
Figure

Figure

Peter Miller
Gifts from Heaven

Gifts from Heaven

Peter Miller

Other works in Modern

Colorfield 410

Colorfield #410

Leonard Nelson
Soul Shine

Soul Shine

Peter Miller
Four Figures

Four Figures

Peter Miller

Other works in Abstract

Other works in Modernism

Head House

Head House

Peter Miller
The Journey

The Journey

Peter Miller
Still Life

Still Life

Peter Miller
Cycle of Life

Cycle of Life

Peter Miller

Other works in Surrealism

Harpie

Harpie

Peter Miller
Phoebus Apollo

Phoebus Apollo

Peter Miller

Other works in Peter Miller Collection

Communication

Communication

Peter Miller
Natures Song

Nature's Song

Peter Miller
Soaring

Soaring

Peter Miller
Bird and Star

Bird and Star

Peter Miller